A smaller than expected number of people attended the public meeting concerning the draft Environmental Assessments for Trapper and ColoWyo mines last night. About 250 were in attendance. Speakers included Ray Beck the Mayor of Craig and Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe and officials from both mines. ColoWyo Mine Manger Chris McCourt stated that without approval of the Environmental Assessment the current permitted coal reserves at ColoWyo will be exhausted in 2020. Rick Gordon Chairman of the Tri-State Board of Directors focused on how important it is that citizens participate by submitting comments on the draft Environmental Assessments for both ColoWyo and Trapper mines. Tri-State CEO Mike McInnes said he could not express enough appreciation to those in the community that have stood up to support the mines. All who spoke, stressed that complacency was not an option, and that everyone in the area needs to submit comments to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. More information and details on how comments can easily be submitted visit either standwithtrapper.com or supportnorthwestcolorado.com. Pictured from the meeting: (l-r) Mike McInnes, Chuck Grobe, Jim Mattern (Trapper Mine President). Click to enlarge.