SB 235 - Arbitrarily Extending State Land Coal Leases

Sen. Tom Richmond, (R-Billings), SD 28

Senator Tom RichmondSB 235 would allow the Montana Land Board to extend the date for coal leases beyond their traditional 10-year term if the Board finds that it would be in the “best interest of the state.” The bill could result in a lease renewal for the Otter Creek coal tracts if Arch Coal fails to develop the mine at the end of its current 10-year lease. This also allows the State to forego revenue from a new lease.

MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Referred to House Natural Resources committee. (Passed Senate 32-16 on March 17th.) | Official legislative site

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