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Montana Grants 65 Days to Navajo Transitional Energy Company

Coal News - Published on Mon, 13 Jan 2020

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Montana Department of Environmental Quality has reached a 65-day deal with the Navajo Transitional Energy Company owners of Montana's largest coal mine to keep operating while negotiations continue for a long-term agreement. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company, wholly owned by the Navajo tribe, will operate the Spring Creek mine under a limited waiver of sovereign immunity agreement,

The mine had been operating under a 75-day agreement signed in October. The extension will expire March 13. Spring Creek has about 260 employees. The waiver of sovereign immunity allows the state to enforce state environmental laws governing coal mining, including required cleanup.

The Navajo Transitional Energy Company bought Spring Creek and two Wyoming mines, Cordero Rojo and Antelope, in August from the bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy. The future of the mine became cloudy when leaders of the Navajo Nation announced after the purchase they would not back the $108 million in reclamation bonds and mineral lease transfers required to operate the mine.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 13 Jan 2020
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