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In reaction to Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Department of Interior repealing the Obama-era coal royalty rules, Shelby DeMars, spokesperson for Count on Coal Montana issued the following statement:

“The coal royalty regulations put in place by President Obama served no other purpose than to push coal out of America’s energy portfolio. These regulations sought to force coal companies to shoulder a heavier regulatory burden and additional costs which would slow development and cut into the critical revenue that coal generates for our state. Repealing these rules will put coal on a level playing field with other energy producers and ensure that taxpayers continue to derive a fair and significant value from Montana’s coal resources.”