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

Riverdale Rescues Cheryl and Its Mob Story

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 Stay on targetcenter_img Maybe I’ve just accepted that Archie is perpetually a frustrating character on Riverdale. Maybe that makes his constant bad decisions and dopey lines easier to tolerate. It’s also possible the show has realized it’s made Archie the dumb one, and leans into it wherever they can. Either way, in this episode, it worked for the story. It’s the first time organized crime Archie feels natural. Sure, he’s being taken advantage of by Veronica’s parents, but he deserves to be at this point. And the earnestness with which he digs himself deeper into this hole is almost admirable at this point.Much of the early parts of the episode focus on the school election. It didn’t need to be. Eventually, there’s so much else going on in this episode you wonder why so much time was spent on student politics. It does give us a chance to see how far Archie is straying from his dad. He fully supports the idea of a for-profit prison being built in the poorer area of town where a school used to be. He even refers to it as “the future” at one point. God, the show is really showing us who Archie is, huh? The first part of the episode is mostly concerned with which votes are going where. Jughead won’t’ get the Serpents’ votes as long as he’s running with Betty, the daughter of a south side traitor. This actually sets up a decent plot point later in the episode, so I’ll give them this one. Slightly more pointless is the shirts vs. skins arm wrestling scene between Archie and Reggie for the jock vote. They’re barely pretending this is anything more than fanservice at this point.KJ Apa (Photo via The CW)At this point, I couldn’t be any less interested in the school election story. The school paper being the only source of real news in town is so ridiculous, it’s enrapturing. Plus, by its very nature, it pushes the story forward. This election isn’t either of those things. Thankfully, the episode realizes it has bigger things on its plate and moves along. Archie’s electoral incompetence gives way to mobster incompetence, which is much more fun to watch. He accompanies Hiram Lodge to a meeting with some business associates making a surprise visit. They want a 25 percent cut of the prison’s intake in exchange for their support. That’s enough to torpedo the whole enterprise before it starts. They point out that Hiram doesn’t have the influence he once did. After all, his posse includes a high school kid. Archie tries to talk tough to these guys and it’s the funniest damn thing anyone’s ever seen. He even tries to take credit for getting rid of a conspirator against Hiram and the guy who attacked Veronica at the cabin. OK, sure Archie.But this is the point where Archie’s story starts to land. He’s still being controlled by the Lodges and he’s too dumb to see it, but he’s at least being given slightly more agency in his own story. Or at least, he’s being given more rope to hang himself with. Even though it’s frustrating to watch him blow off his dad and start arguments about how a private prison is good actually, he’s at least fun to watch here. Even though he gets laughed out of the room, Hiram is proud of him for trying. When Hiram feels he has no choice but to take the deal, Archie thinks of a way out. In exchange for the sports vote at school, he convinces Reggie to start up that vaguely fascistic Red Circle group. Only now they’re the Black Circle. Because they’re more extreme, I guess. They give a pointed “stay out of Riverdale” message to Hiram’s associates, and blow up their car. Hey, if this season can’t give us a good mystery, I’m glad they’re dialing up the pulpy mobster absurdity.(Photo: Screenshot via The CW)It works too. The men run out of town, and Archie is rewarded for his efforts with a fancy new car. After all, the Lodges say, he’s going to be driving their daughter around. He should have the appropriate wheels. I do wish we’d seen more from Mary Andrews. Mostly because Molly Ringwald is great and I always want to see more of her, but her relationship with Archie is what this series needs to show more of. She’s the one who sees how much he’s changed. She’s the one to call him out, to look him in the eye and ask “who are you?’ Archie needs someone like that in his life, and I only hope she comes back for more episodes.This really was an episode that got better as it went on. Early scenes felt a little aimless. Like it wasn’t quite sure where it was going. Fortunately, those quickly gave way to a grouping of scenes both exciting and scary. That’s especially true for Cheryl’s storyline this season. You really get the feeling that Riverdale wrote itself into a corner with her story. It put her in gay conversion therapy. In real life, it’s a horrific practice that does serious psychological damage to young kids. Riverdale has not shown itself to have the chops to tackle something like that. The writers must have realized that too because the show doesn’t even try. It’s probably for the best that the show didn’t depict true psychological torture, but reducing the practice to pointless physical labor and a few bad movies wasn’t a great choice either. The worst the episode shows is the nun gaslighting Cheryl about where the potato sacks were supposed to go. I did like the black and white anti-gay education video Cheryl imagines to star Kevin and Moose, though. That was hilarious. Doubly so because the actors played it up into the most homoerotic conversation they possibly could.Vanessa Morgan, Ashleigh Murray, Camila Mendes (Photo via The CW)The episode kicks this story into gear when it comes time for the rescue mission. It finally brings back that Cheryl-Josie story from the fall, but it’s only used for Penelope to scare the Veronica, Josie and Toni off their investigation. For Josie, it works. She’s understandably angry about the things Cheryl did to her and refuses to help. I like that the show didn’t completely forget its own story, but I’m disappointed it meant no more Josie in the episode. Hopefully, they don’t completely drop this plot again as quickly as they picked it back up. Thanks to a surprisingly harrowing scene where Cheryl’s grandmother crawls across the floor to call the school and warn Toni, the girls figure out where Cheryl really is. Kevin confirms that the Sisters do do gay conversion therapy, because that’s where he finds eager young men to hook up with.At least Kevin actually has some degree of agency in this episode. He’s finally more than just the dude with the camera. He helps Toni and Veronica’s rescue sneak into the compound to rescue Cheryl. Though they wear the most hilariously impractical outfits, they still make it in just fine. Toni finds Cheryl in the middle of movie night, and they share a sweet, Hollywood-style kiss in front of the projector. Because there are no chaperones or guards during movie night for some reason. Eh, I’ll forgive that, since it led to this triumphant moment. The nuns are coming though, and the three girls’ escape scene is so good. I love watching them run through a muddy tunnel while a group of nuns speed-walks behind them like Terminators. Even when the story isn’t the best it could be, the cinematography is always fantastic.Vanessa Morgan, Camila Mendes (Photo via The CW)By the time we get to the last scenes of the episode, every one of them is super tense. The characters are all in dangerous situations, and the episode starts to feel scary. That’s what made it so fun to watch. It turned an episode that started as a strange student election story to one of the better episodes of season two. A lot of that had to do with Betty’s story. It finally does something meaningful about Chic, even if it’s not what the early part of this arc promised. We were told Betty brought a monster into her house, but this episode makes him seem more like a moron. Like sub-Archie levels of stupid. It all starts when the car Betty and Chic dumped in the lake is pulled out of it. Worried that the Cooper family could be implicated in someone’s murder, Chic goes out to chase down any possible loose ends.As a result, he brings one big loose end into the Coopers’ home. The murdered guy’s ex-girlfriend figures out what’s going on and extorts the family for money. Then, she brings over they guy that threatened Chic with a box-cutter a few episodes back, and they take over the house. In the end, the Serpents prove they always take care of their own, even when one of their own defects as hard as Alice has. I wish we could have seen exactly how they got to that conclusion, but it’s still a satisfying way to resolve this situation. Jughead and the serpents chase the bad guys out of the Cooper house, and Alice promises to stop being so terrible to people from the south side. More than that, she throws Chic out of the house and it looks like she’s hooking up with Jughead’s dad now. That’ll make Jughead and Betty’s relationship super awkward. I guess they wouldn’t technically be brother and sister…? Yeah, it’s still squicky.Skeet Ulrich, Mädchen Amick (Photo via CW)This was a seriously packed episode of Riverdale, and yeah, it got a little messy. At least it was a fun mess, though. It was a mess that gave us meaningful forward progress. It had too. The Carrie: The Musical episode is coming up. I don’t know why that had to happen, but I won’t complain. It should be fun at the very least. This episode was about getting as many stories as possible to a good stopping point before the musical happens. It accomplished that goal in a stylish, scary and uniquely Riverdale way. It’s all we can ask for, really.last_img read more