The administration "should be putting our nation on the path of continued energy strength — not undermining our energy security at the bequest of radical environmentalists who wish to keep our resources under lock and key," Bishop said. "Unfortunately, the president's bid to solidify his legacy with the extreme left will come at the expense of America's energy needs and will make the lives of people more expensive and more uncomfortable."
Coal critics say the federal government sells its coal too cheaply, and they point to Flat Canyon as an example.
Last summer, Bowie submitted the only bid on the 2,692-acre coal tract — a total of $17.2 million, or $6,388.92 per acre. The bid, which translates into 41 cents per ton, is undergoing a review by a BLM panel to ensure it meets "fair market value" for the 42 million tons of recoverable coal. This lease also requires annual rent of $3 per acre, plus an 8 percent royalty on all production. The royalty is 12.5 percent for coal extracted through surface mining.