Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School/College

School of Journalism

Committee Chair

Jeremy Lurgio

Commitee Members

Michelle Bryan Mudd, Nadia White


Cattle Ranching, Coal Mining, Eastern Montana, energy conflicts, longwall mining, Montana Coal, Roundup Montana


University of Montana


In a community eager for economic development, one Montana ranching family struggles to cope with the onset of underground coal mining. For 40 years, the Charter family fought to prevent coal mining on their land in southern Musselshell County. In February, the federal government leased the remaining coal under their property to the mining company. As the Charters experience hardships and question their future quality of life, the nearby town of Roundup faces the decision to build a new school with potential tax dollars that hinge on the mine’s future productivity. Feeling misunderstood by nearby ranchers and the community, the mining company argues its case based on the science of modern-day mining. As the feud continues, the ranchers seek a potential lawsuit while the mine insists any environmental impacts will be restored. Now, only time will tell.

Radley_JOYmining_Contract.pdf (2922 kB)
JOY Mining Contract



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