Cloud Peak to begin Big Metal project exploratory drilling Cloud Peak Energy announced that exploratory drilling is set to begin next week pursuant to the exploration agreement signed in early 2013 by the Crow Tribe of Indians and Big Metal Coal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cloud Peak Energy. The Big Metal option and exploration agreements were signed on January 24, 2013, and those agreements were approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on June 14, 2013. The terms provide for exclusive options to lease and develop Northern Powder River Basin coal on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeast Montana, near Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek Mine and Youngs Creek Mining and CX Ranch properties.
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