- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments through Friday on plans to slightly modify a coal lease in the Powder River Basin.

The modification would allow a Cloud Peak Energy subsidiary to purchase an additional 16 million tons of federal coal reserves. Those reserves would allow the company to expand its Antelope Mine in northern Converse County.

The amount of coal to be sold is small compared to the more than 400 million tons that Cloud Peak leased for the mine back in 2011.

BLM officials say the lease modification will allow coal to be mined right up to areas where expanding the Antelope Mine no longer will be possible. Those boundaries include a nearby highway.

Comments on the proposal can be emailed to [email protected]

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