Impact of a federal coal lease program reset

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Report summary

The Obama administration has recently placed a moratorium on new federal coal leases in order to review and make changes to the current leasing process. The Powder River Basin representing nearly 50% of US coal production, is primarily located on Federal lands. Any reset of the federal coal leasing program would have a major impact on this major coal producing region.

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    Impact of a federal coal lease program reset

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Obama administration halts federal coal leasing for further review
  • A royalty rate increase would reduce long-term demand
  • Applying social costs of carbon would price-out new western coal leases

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:


  • PRB coal mining regions and federally owned lands
  • Western Bituminous and Northern PRB production and federally owned lands
  • Reserve life of currently operating PRB mines at current production levels
  • PRB Price and Demand
  • Royalty - Black Thunder extension
  • Royalty – N. Antelope Rochelle extension
  • Royalty + carbon - Black Thunder ext.
  • Royalty + carbon – N. Antelope Rochelle ext.

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