New legal problems for owner of Powder River Basin mines

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star-Tribune:The CEO that obtained Wyoming’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines last year is being sued for alleged unpaid royalties in Appalachia, the second lawsuit that Jeff Hoops’ West Virginia-based company, Revelation Energy, is facing in under a year.Hoops formed Blackjewel LLC, a sister company to Revelation, to take over the Wyoming mines in 2017. The latest lawsuit is one of a number of troubles the Eastern businessman has encountered since becoming one of Wyoming’s coal producers.According to court documents filed in the Western District of Virginia, Pocahontas Resources LLC is seeking nearly a half million dollars in royalties and interest from Revelation based on allegations Hoops’ firm committed fraud.Pocahontas asserts Revelation is being underhanded in its reporting of coal sales. It has asked for a slew of documents from Hoops’ company to prove its claim, much of which the company has refused to provide. Pocahontas filed a request to compel Revelation to release that information earlier this month. The judge had not responded as of Tuesday.Hoops has hit a few snags since arriving in the Powder River Basin.Blackjewel was delayed in obtaining leases for Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr until Hoops addressed outstanding environmental offenses at his Eastern coal mines. Blackjewel has yet to obtain permits to mine in Wyoming, though Hoops said Blackjewel has the required reclamation bonds in-hand and would seek permits this week, a claim he also made in an email to the Star-Tribune in February.The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has not yet received those applications, a spokesman for the department said Monday.More: Second lawsuit entangles Wyoming’s newest coal producer New legal problems for owner of Powder River Basin mineslast_img read more

Removal of median strip from Bacolod street eyed

first_imgAccording to Ramos, this move willimprove the over-all traffic condition of the city. The reserved area may be paved, butcommonly it is adapted to other functions; for example, it may accommodatedecorative landscaping, trees, or a median barrier. A median strip or central reservationis the reserved area that separates opposing lanes of traffic on dividedroadways. This proposal, however, earned the ire of local residents, including environmentalists as it entails cutting down trees in the area. They claim that there is no congestion along that stretch of road and by cutting down trees – which brings cleaner air to the city – would only be detrimental to safety and health. Ramos authored a resolution enjoiningthe City Engineer’s Office (CEO) to consider the removal of the island.  The said resolution was passed to the CityCouncil last week. “The CEO will study and consider thepossibility of removing the center island to ease traffic congestion along thesaid areas,” he said.center_img According to Leonardia, he is open tothe request of the city council. He noted that the city government will form ateam to evaluate and enforce the proposals./PN The councilor added that the centerisland has outdated its original purpose and these spaces can be utilized tomaximize road use. On his part, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he will seek the approval of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources relative to the resolution because of the existing trees in the center island. BACOLOD City – In a bid to ease themetro’s traffic woes, Councilor Dindo Ramos is proposing to remove the medianstrip on Narra Avenue at the Capitol Shopping Center.last_img read more