By Joe Smyth, crossposted with permission from Climate Investigations Center
Earlier this year, I looked at just how much the largest U.S. coal mining companies depend on access to subsidized federal coal, most of it extracted from public lands in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The U.S. Interior Department tracks the amount of publicly owned coal mined by each company, but doesn’t publicly report this information.
As I recently learned, even a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) might not reveal just how much publicly owned coal companies are mining.