News January 12, 2016

Mining Reclamation Questioned With Filing

by Jackson Hole. Media

arch-coal-companies-photo-u1Arch Coal’s bankruptcy filing yesterday has Wyoming’s Department of Environmental Quality wondering what will happen to the company’s obligations to reclaim mining lands in the state.

DEQ issued a statement Monday noting it was unclear what the Chapter 11 filing meant to the disposition of bonds held for reclamation.

“DEQ is aware that Arch Coal Inc. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. Wyoming’s reclamation bonds for Arch coal mine operations are secured by Arch Western Resources, a subsidiary of Arch Coal Inc. The agency is currently reviewing the filing and what this means for reclamation obligations for Wyoming permits. Until this runs through the legal process, the department will have no further┬ácomment,” the statement said.

Arch holds the send largest coal reserve in the US and has been challenged with tighter EPA regulations and a push toward natural gas.

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