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Regulators OK southeastern Montana coal mine expansion bond - Report

Coal News - Published on Fri, 16 Nov 2018

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Star Tribune reported that state environmental regulators have given the OK to expanding a coal mine in southeastern Montana and set a USD 13.7 million cleanup bond. The Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment through Westmoreland Coal Co.'s proposed 10-square mile expansion of the Rosebud Mine. Anne Hedges with the Montana Environmental Information Center tells The Billings Gazette she doesn't believe the bond is high enough while the Northern Plains Resource Council says the expansion sits on top of an aquifer that supplies area ranches.

Northern Plains chairwoman Ms Becky Mitchell says because Westmoreland has filed for bankruptcy it likely will sell the mine and the eventual buyer should be scrutinized on their own merits. Kristi Ponozzo with the DEQ says the agency cannot be prejudiced against Westmoreland because of its October bankruptcy filing.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 16 Nov 2018
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