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UW Professor to Present Powder River Basin Coal Research Work in Washington, D.C.

July 12, 2010 — TEXTUniversity of Wyoming Professor Tim Considine will discuss his Powder River Basin coal study Friday, July 16, at a national meeting in Washington, D.C.

Considine, School of Energy Resources Professor of Energy Economics in the College of Business Department of Economics and Finance, and Steven Laird from Alpha Coal West, Inc., will open the Joint Forum of the Congressional Coal Caucus & Congressional Western Caucus. The meeting is on "Powder River Basin (PRB) Coal -- Powering Our Nation: The importance of federal coal leasing in the PRB and threats to its orderly continuance."

They will open the meeting with the topic of "PRB Coal Leasing 101" and discuss historic production and area classification; economic impacts and the coal value chain; and the current Lease-By-Application (LBA) process.

Considine's presentation is based on his final report to the Wyoming Mining Association titled, "Powder River Basin Coal: Powering America," completed last December. Among the researched topics in his report are energy and economic development; the emergence of PRB coal; low costs and high quality of PRB coal; the value of PRB coal to the U.S. economy; and future challenges of the PRB.

"This meeting will be the first in a series with members and staff on the subject of current threats facing the industry with a focus on the leasing/litigation issues facing the PRB," says Ursula Wojciechowski, Peabody Energy's federal government relations director who invited Considine to make his presentation.

To see Considine's full PRB report to the Wyoming Mining Association, click here.

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