Open Pit Mine (upper right) and Tailings Storage Pond (lower left), Sonora Mexico (from 35,000 feet)

The Lessons from Cloud Peak


As WC noted yesterday, Cloud Peak Energy has filed Chapter11. The promises, actual and implied, Cloud Peak made in its mining plan and environmental impact statements are in very serious jeopardy, because the continued existence of Cloud Peak itself is doubtful. What are the lessons to be drawn from all this? First, and most obviously,…

Cloud Peak's Gillette-based Cordero Rojo mine. Photo Credit: Cloud Peak Energy

Another One Bites the Dust


Cloud Peak Energy used to be the nation’s third largest coal producer. Last year it slipped to fourth place. This year it quietly slipped in to Chapter 11. How’s that coal thing working for you, Donnie? Cloud Peak had nearly no cash, was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and sold less coal in…

© 2019 George Danby, staff editorial cartoonist for the Bangor Daily News.

Who Is Wheeler Working For, Anyway?


Andrew Wheeler was confirmed as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year, succeeding Scott Pruitt as Worst Trump Appointment Ever. Wheeler, most recently a flack for the coal industry, the former vice president of a coal industry federation, and a former staffer to U.S. Senate dinosaur James Inhofe, was confirmed by the Senate…

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt is sworn in before a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination of to be Interior secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2019.

Meet the Next Ryan Zinke


Ryan Zinke, of course, was Trump’s ethically-challenged Secretary of the Interior, who resigned under pressure as the ethics investigations mounted. Not before working grievous harm to the lands, airs and waters he had sworn to protect, of course. Trump’s nominee to succeed Zinke is David Bernhardt, a career lobbyist for Big Agriculture. Bernhardt was a…