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Company eyes coal on Montana's Crow reservation

BILLINGS — A mining company plans to start exploratory work this spring on an estimated 400 million tons of coal beneath Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, adding to a spate of recent interest in the region's huge coal reserves despite flagging domestic demand for the fuel.

Signal Peak Energy is eying a future mine on private property within the reservation's boundaries known as the Hope Ranch.

AP Photo/Billings Gazette, David Grubbs, File

Production at the Westmoreland Coal Mine northeast of Hardin is shown ojn May 9, 2008. Signal Peak Energy, a mining company, plans to start ex...


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