Arch Resources Supports UW School of Energy Resources with $500,000 Donation | Company

Arch Resources Inc. has committed a $500,000 gift to the School of Energy Resources (SER) at the University of Wyoming to advance the school’s globally recognized carbon management initiatives as well as its ongoing efforts to foster innovative land reclamation practices.

The donation will augment Arch Resources’ Technology and Sustainability Fund, an existing endowment the company established more than a decade ago and was matched by the state at the time. The donation reflects Arch’s deep and longstanding commitment to Wyoming and to the highest principles of sustainability and good corporate citizenship.

“The School of Energy Resources is focused on supporting the state’s energy sector, including minimizing the impact of energy production while maintaining and preserving Wyoming’s natural environment,” says Holly Krutka, Executive Director of SER. “We are extremely grateful to Arch for their commitment to supporting the State of Wyoming and for this generous gift that will allow us to work towards important environmental applications such as reducing global CO2 emissions and optimal recovery approaches.”

One of the oldest and largest coal producers in the state, Arch currently operates the Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines in Campbell County, where it employs more than 1,100 people. Since beginning operations in Wyoming more than 50 years ago, Arch has paid bonus offers, royalties, ad valorem taxes and severance pay that have generated more than $4 billion in revenue for the State and Campbell County while paying more than $3 billion in wages and benefits for its Wyoming-based workforce.

“We greatly value our deep and long-standing partnership with the State of Wyoming and also appreciate the enormous contribution that the people of the state have made to our long-term success,” said Arch CEO and President. , Paul Lang. “We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate our great appreciation through this donation to the university and in particular to the School of Energy Resources, which we see as a world leader in building a bridge to a brighter energy future. promising, productive and healthy.”

Lang was a board member of the Energy Research Council (ERC), which governs the School of Energy Resources, for 10 years from its inaugural year, and he stepped down as ERC chair in 2016. .

In addition to supporting energy-focused research efforts led by SER, Arch has also taken proactive steps to protect the state’s long-term environmental and financial health through the establishment of a Thermal Mine Rehabilitation Fund. , the first in the industry. With this fund, Arch has taken steps to ensure the necessary cash is available – when the time comes – to complete the final refurbishment of its Wyoming operations.

In its more than 50 years in the state, Arch has successfully and efficiently operated and recovered mines in Sweetwater and Carbon counties. Over the past 18 months, Arch has recovered approximately 75% of its Coal Creek mine – work that has been recognized by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality with the 2022 Mine Recovery Excellence Award for Coal – while maintaining a small active place operation.

Although preparations for permanent closure are necessary given the continued decline in demand for thermal coal in the United States, Arch is working to ensure that its many stakeholders – including employees, neighboring communities and customers – are kept informed of transition plans and given as much time as possible to prepare.

“We view world-class reclamation as an essential part of the mining process,” says Lang. “We believe our job as a responsible natural resource company is to leave the earth in a natural, highly productive state that can greatly benefit future generations. Equally important, we are committed to remaining engaged with the state and surrounding communities for as long as it takes to ensure we achieve a positive outcome on this front.

“Arch Resources’ support of the University of Wyoming is part of the company’s more than 50-year history of operating in the state,” said Angela Ver Ploeg, director of corporate engagement at the UW Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to connect with the Arch team to help share the story of coal in Wyoming and to partner with impactful opportunities that are making a meaningful difference to the energy industry. in Wyoming.”