Powder River Basin coal team to meet Jan. 27 to discuss issues

The Powder River Basin Regional Coal Team will meet on Jan. 27 in Casper, Wyoming, to review coal management activities in the Powder River Coal Production Region (PRCPR), said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a notice to be published in the Dec. 16 Federal Register.

The team is made up of state and federal officials with oversight over the Powder River Basin in both Wyoming and Montana. The PRB is by far the biggest coal production region in the U.S., featuring huge surface mines owned by companies like Cloud Peak Energy, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss progress in processing pending coal lease by applications (LBAs), to vote on processing the West Antelope III Tract LBA and the Decker South Extension Tract LBA, and to discuss other federal coal-related actions in the region.

  • The West Antelope III LBA Tract is adjacent to the Antelope Mine of Cloud Peak Energy located in Campbell and Converse counties, Wyoming. This LBA covers approximately 3,508.31 acres and contains an estimated 441 million tons of federal coal.
  • The Decker South Extension LBA Tract is adjacent to the West Decker Mine of Lighthouse Resources located in Big Horn County, Montana. This LBA covers approximately 2,389.95 acres and contains an estimated 203 million tons of federal coal.

Other agenda topics include, but are not limited to: coal activity; a coal inventory presentation; an update on BLM land use planning efforts; and a discussion updating the data adequacy standards for the PRCPR. The team may also consider other coal-related issues that may arise prior to the meeting and generate recommendations on any of those topics.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.