More than a million tons of coal leaves Wyoming's Powder River Basin each day, bound for power plants across the nation. It's a critically important part of the state's economy and the nation's energy mix-but it also takes a toll on our state.
Concerns about coal development and the character of the land it would leave behind were the driving force behind the formation of Powder River in 1973, and we played a leading role in passage of the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in 1977. Some of our founding members and leaders were on hand when President Carter signed that measure into law.
We've been paying close attention to coal ever since.