CORE-CM in the Greater Green River and Wind River Basins: Transforming and Advancing a National Coal Asset


Objectives of CORE-CM in the Greater Green River and Wind River Basins

  • This project will develop and catalyze regional economic growth, job creation, and associated technology innovation in The Greater Green River Basin/Wind River Basin (GGRB-WRB) of Wyoming and Colorado.

  • Growth will be achieved by increasing the supply of Carbon Ore (CORE), Critical Materials (CM), and Rare Earth Elements (REE) to manufacturers of non-fuel Carbon Based Products (CBP) and products reliant upon CM.

  • The project will develop a coalition team to describe what relationships, technology, infrastructure, and scientific understanding of these resources are necessary to achieve this objective.

Project Benefits

  • Provide an economic benefit to U.S. Coal Basins by stimulating new development of resources centered around current coal mining and related industries.

  • Establish strategic plans to maximize the development of potential carbon ore, rare earth elements, and critical minerals; within the creation of public-private partnerships

  • Leverage highly trained workforces, existing coal technologies, energy infrastructure in entire supply chain development within coal regions.

  • Bring together a committed network of stakeholders, gaining acceptance of new energy technology within coal regions and across communities.

We welcome new project partners and stakeholders. Please direct inquiries to Davin Bagdonas at 


Project Team 

UW School of Energy Resources; UW Center for Economic Geology Research, UW Center for Energy Regulation & Policy Analysis; UW 3D Visualization Center; UW Center for Business and Economic Analysis; Wyoming Energy Authority; Colorado School of Mines; Colorado Geological Survey; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Colorado Northwest Community College; Western Wyoming Community College; Boston Strategies International; Coalgeo, LLC; Wyoming State Geological Survey

Partners & Supporting Stakeholders

U.S. Congressional Delegation, Barrasso, Lummis, and Cheney; Wyoming Governors Office; Colorado State Land Board; Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety; Wyoming Mining Association; Wyoming Representive Donald Burkhart; Wyoming Representative Mike Greear; Wyoming County Commissioners Association; Associated Governments of Northern Colorado; Wyoming Business Council; Wyoming Small Business Development Center; Impact 307; Wyoming Counties of Sweetwater, Sublette, Fremont, Carbon, and Uinta; Routt County, CO Economic Development Office; Moffat County; Kemmerer Operations, LLC; Tri-State; NTEC; Peabody Energy; PacifiCorp; Trapper Coal Mine; Colowyo Coal Mine; Black Butte Coal; Bridger Coal Company; Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition; Southwest Wyoming Manufacturing Partnership; Central Wyoming College; Mango Materials; Ur-Energy Inc.; City of Rock Springs; City of Green River; The University of Texas at Austin; Concurrent Technologies Corporation: Tetra Tech; Novex, LLC; Disa, LLC


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