By Zack Colman - 01/16/13 10:10 PM EST
“I’m not saying their questions are illegitimate. What I’m saying is that to the extent that it’s been driven by some reporting we’ve seen, we’re not sure that reporter had all his facts,” Quinn told reporters Wednesday at an event hosted by the U.S. Energy Association.
The Reuters reports said mining firms sell coal excavated on federal lands to traders and marketers at artificially low prices. The reports said those intermediaries are often owned by the mining companies, and sell the coal abroad at higher prices.