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The Thin Green Line Is People: Documenting Pacific Northwest Fossil Fuel Resistance


Arch Coal, Otter Creek Mine, Powder River, Montana

Status: Defeated!

Sightline Institute Articles and Reports on Arch Coal



Documents on Record


“Arch Coal is Bankrupt. Time to STOP Otter Creek Coal Mine Once and For All” Greenpeace


Montana DEQ Overview of Process

“Otter Creek” Global Energy Monitor

“Otter Creek” National Wildlife Federation

“How Montanans Stopped the Largest New Coal Mine in North America” Nick Engelfried, In These Times, March 25, 2016

“Arch Coal Suspends Otter Creek Mine Project” Jenny Harbine, Earthjustice, March 10, 2016

“Arch Coal Permitting Efforts of Otter Creek Reserves” Arch Coal Press Release, March 10, 2016

“More than 117,000 People Voice Opposition for Proposed Coal Export Rail Project” Sierra Club Press Release,, September 23, 2015

“The Impact of Otter Creek Coal Development on the Montana Economy” Patrick M. Barkey, Paul E. Polzin, The University of Montana (59 pages)

“The Economics of the Proposed Otter Coal Creek Mine: A Critique of One-Sided Economic Analysis” Report Prepared for the National Wildlife Federation, Montana Environmental Information Center and Sierra Club, Thomas Michael Power, Donovan S. Power, Power Consulting, Inc., January 2013 (24 pages)

“Montana Must Consider Global Impact of Otter Creek Mine” John McManus, Earthjustice, September 30, 2011

“Challenging the Otter Creek Coal Mine” Earthjustice, January 19, 2011


Follow Up

May 1. 2020, “Arch Coal to Change its Name to Arch Resources” PRNewswire,

October 5, 2016, “Arch Coal Emerges from Chaper 11” Sarah Chaney, The Wall Street Journal

January 21, 2016, Order and Notice of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case

January 11, 2016, Wild Earth Guardians Letter RE: “Acknowledging the Need to Move Beyond Coal As Arch Coal Declares Bankruptcy”

January 11, 2016, “Arch Coal Files for Bankruptcy Amid Decline of US Sector” Cecilia Jamasmie,

January 11. 2016, Arch Coal, Inc. files for bankruptcy, “Voluntary Petition for Non-Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy”