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$5M in Claims Filed Against Coal Company in Montana

Westmoreland Coal Co. declared bankruptcy in October with more than $1.4 billion in debt.

MISSOULA – County governments, the family of a fallen miner and dentists are among those in Montana trying to collect more than $5 million from a coal company that’s working through bankruptcy proceedings.

The Missoulian reports the Westmoreland Coal Co., which owns three mines in the state, declared bankruptcy in October with more than $1.4 billion in debt.

The family of a Rosebud Mine employee has a $3 million claim against the Colorado-based company in bankruptcy court. Michael Ramsey was killed in 2017 when his coal truck from a wall.

Big Horn and Treasure counties have claims against the company for property taxes while Montana Dakota Utilities filed a nearly $137,000 claim for electricity.

There also are several claims by First Interstate Bank and two by Billings dentists.