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Little Impact Seen From Trump Reopening Federal Coal Leasing

March 28, 2017, 6:47 PM

President Donald Trump’s executive order March 28 cancels an Obama-era temporary ban on new coal leases on federal lands, but few industry watchers think the order will trigger a land grab of coal companies rushing to bid on parcels.

That’s partly because the global demand for coal has sunk and partly because the big producers already have many years’ worth of coal under lease, they say.

“It’s not going to make a bit of difference around here,” said Bob LeResche, chair of the Powder River Basin Resource Council. The basin, which spans Wyoming and Montana, generates more coal than any ...

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