“We are pleased to have completed the next step in furthering our export strategy,” said CPE CEO Colin Marshall, adding the company can meet “anticipated” Asian demand for low sulfur coal, bringing “substantial revenues to federal, state and local governments, high paying jobs—and also help with the U.S. balance of trade.”

Bob Watters, senior vice president of SSA Marine voiced agreement. “Cloud Peak Energy has a strong record for safe operations and environmental stewardship,” he said, citing its awards for cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Bureau of Land Management officials, along with other conservation and environmental organizations.