US approves 60-million ton expansion of Montana coal mine - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

US approves 60-million ton expansion of Montana coal mine

Posted: Updated:
http://westmoreland.com http://westmoreland.com
BILLINGS, Mont. -

(AP) - The Interior Department has approved a 60-million ton expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine that serves one of the largest power plants in the western United States.
  
Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift said Friday the approval will extend the life of Westmoreland Coal Company's Rosebud Mine by 19 years.
  
The move comes as Colorado-based Westmoreland has seen its stock price plummet over the past year and. The company's CEO stepped down last month.
  
The Rosebud mine serves the 2,100-megawatt Colstrip power plant in Colstrip, Montana, which plans to close two of its four electricity generating units by 2022.
  
The expansion adds an additional 10.5 square miles to the 40-square-mile strip mine.
  
The mine opened in 1968 and produced 8.8 million tons of coal in 2016. It employs about 330 people.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:51 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:51:43 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

    >>
  • Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

    Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

    Friday, July 20 2018 3:51 PM EDT2018-07-20 19:51:29 GMT

    BRANSON, Mo. - Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said.

    >>

    BRANSON, Mo. - Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said.

    >>
  • Hayden man arrested for hate crime following fight with youth pastor

    Hayden man arrested for hate crime following fight with youth pastor

    Friday, July 20 2018 2:36 AM EDT2018-07-20 06:36:38 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On July 12, officers responded to a large fight at a Coeur d'Alene McDonald's. Court documents say a Hayden man was charged with battery and malicious harassment, which is considered a hate crime in Idaho, following an investigation by police.  When officers arrived on scene, the fight had broken up, but witnesses were interviewed at the scene.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On July 12, officers responded to a large fight at a Coeur d'Alene McDonald's. Court documents say a Hayden man was charged with battery and malicious harassment, which is considered a hate crime in Idaho, following an investigation by police.  When officers arrived on scene, the fight had broken up, but witnesses were interviewed at the scene.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

    Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

    Friday, July 20 2018 3:51 PM EDT2018-07-20 19:51:29 GMT

    BRANSON, Mo. - Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said.

    >>

    BRANSON, Mo. - Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said.

    >>
  • Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

    Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

    Friday, July 20 2018 3:43 PM EDT2018-07-20 19:43:44 GMT

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - A baby girl is guaranteed food for life - and a job - after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom.    Falon Griffin was having contractions when she and her husband stopped at the fast-food restaurant in San Antonio to drop off their daughters with a family friend. She had to use the bathroom, but the restaurant was closed.

    >>

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - A baby girl is guaranteed food for life - and a job - after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom.    Falon Griffin was having contractions when she and her husband stopped at the fast-food restaurant in San Antonio to drop off their daughters with a family friend. She had to use the bathroom, but the restaurant was closed.

    >>
  • Nampa day care forgets girl at a park, loses license

    Nampa day care forgets girl at a park, loses license

    Friday, July 20 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-07-20 19:20:24 GMT

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Authorities have suspended a southwestern Idaho day care's state license after workers left a 3-year-old behind at a local park.    Little Angeles operator Angelina Diordyuk told the Idaho Press Thursday that staff didn't realize that the child was missing until an employee saw a social media post from Nampa police about the girl found alone at the park.

    >>

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Authorities have suspended a southwestern Idaho day care's state license after workers left a 3-year-old behind at a local park.    Little Angeles operator Angelina Diordyuk told the Idaho Press Thursday that staff didn't realize that the child was missing until an employee saw a social media post from Nampa police about the girl found alone at the park.

    >>