- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Gillette will not be funding a special interest group that opposes the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon pollution rules in favor of the coal industry.

Last week, former Campbell County state senator Kelly Mader asked the City Council to contribute regular grants to his nonprofit Energy Policy Network.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://bit.ly/1FxslFI ) that the council decided Tuesday to pass on the helping the organization.

The Texas-based Energy Policy Network provides legal expertise and helps pay to defend coal companies. It works in 18 states providing expert witnesses and drafting legislation to protect coal.

The County Commission has pledged to give $25,000 a quarter, or $100,000 over a year.


Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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