ColoWyo Mine Collum Environmental Assessment

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The Environmental Assessment on the Collum  area of the ColoWyo mine has been released for public comment. The Collum area is targeted for the next pit for the mine, and if approved, will sustain up to 220 mining jobs in North West Colorado. The Collom project is located on federal, state and private lands in Moffat County adjacent to existing mining and reclamation operations. Along with the project, ColoWyo will donate 4,500 acres of priority habitat to Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, in an effort to maintain the natural habitat of the Greater Sage Grouse in the area. In 2013, ColoWyo obtained approval to mine the area from the Colorado Division of Reclamation and Mine Safety. Since then ColoWyo has been working with the Federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to complete a new assessment for federal approval. A link to the assessment is available online. Below you’ll find a listing of locations where hard copies of the assessment are available. The community is encouraged to review the document and submit comments. Community meetings in Craig, on January 27th and in Meeker on February 5th, are also planned. Those interested in voicing their support or concerns about the project are encouraged to attend. A “Support Northwest Colorado” website that has been set up to educate the public about the benefits and value of energy production in the region.

Hard copies of the EA are available at the following locations:

  • OSMRE, 1999 Broadway, Suite 3320, Denver, CO 80202-3050
  • Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, 1313 Sherman St, Room 215, Denver, CO 80203
  • Moffat County Building, 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130, Craig, CO 81625
  • Moffat County Library, 570 Green St., Craig, CO 81625
  • Rio Blanco County Courthouse, 555 Main St., Meeker, CO 81641
  • Meeker Public Library, 490 Main St., Meeker, CO 81641
  • BLM, White River Field Office, 220 East Market St., Meeker, CO 81641
  • BLM, Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625

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