Environment & Energy Report

Navajo Coal Company, Wyoming Reach Agreement on Sovereignty

Feb. 13, 2020, 10:21 PM

Wyoming will be able to regulate coal mines in the Powder River Basin owned by a subsidiary of the Navajo Nation after the company agreed to a limited waiver of its tribal sovereign immunity.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) announced Thursday the state reached the agreement with the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, which became the third largest coal company in the U.S. with its purchase in October of the Antelope, Cordero Rojo, and Youngs Creek mines in the nation’s largest coal-producing region.

The deal clears the way for NTEC to transfer mining permits from the bankrupt prior owner, Cloud Peak...

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