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Peabody Energy Holds Shareholder Meeting in Wyoming: Trying to Escape St. Louis Protests?

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They can protest, but Peabody won't be in town to hear 'em.
Critics of Peabody Energy have become quite good at making a scene at their protests of the corporation headquartered in St. Louis. And that might just be why Peabody is going to be holding its annual meeting for shareholders 1,000 miles away in Gillette, Wyoming.

At least that's the theory of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, an activist group that caught wind of the corporation's location choice this week. It is the first time the company has ever held the event outside of St. Louis.

"It's clear that they would rather run and hide in Gillette," MORE organizer Arielle Klagsbrun tells Daily RFT, "than be in the place where they like to say they are such good corporate citizens."

Peabody officials, however, have a different explanation.

The Wyoming location -- the first non-St. Louis location since Peabody became a publicly traded entity in 2002 -- is disclosed in an annual report dated yesterday and available online. It says only that the annual meeting for shareholders will be Monday, April 29, at 4 p.m. at Gillette College in Wyoming.

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Peabody protester getting arrested in St. Louis.

Contacted about the accusations that this was a deliberate move to avoid protests, Peabody officials sent Daily RFT a statement, describing the Wyoming location as a strategic one. Vic Svec, a spokesman for Peabody, writes:

Peabody Energy is pleased to announce that the company is holding its annual meeting in Gillette, Wyo., in recognition of Peabody's leading position in coal sales and reserves in the Southern Powder River Basin. The meeting location also allows Peabody to showcase its North Antelope Rochelle Mine, the world's largest and most productive coal mine.

Peabody says it periodically holds meetings of its board of directors in locations where the company has no operations and adds that this location allows the corporation "to highlight the importance of America's largest coal region, which is one of the great energy centers of the world."

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Mary Miller Cullins
Mary Miller Cullins

I feel for the miners and their families. No bonus for these guys. Sad.

Elmo Farquar
Elmo Farquar

Common sense tells me Yes. Wouldn't you do the same? :-\ ☺

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

more and more companies are doing this,,,,,,,they file bankruptcy in order to deny retirees their hard fought for and hard worked for negotiated pensions yet when they do file for bankruptcy the CEOs and other upper management personal still get their bonuses and severance packages

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