There have been more comments to come forth following yesterday’s news that ColoWyo Coal Mine had been given the green light to continue operations at the South Taylor Pit. The news was met with cheer in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties, and statewide and national officials have been weighing in on it. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said, “We are grateful for the hard and rapid work of the Department of Interior and its Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in meeting the court’s timeline for the environmental assessment on the mining plan for an expansion of the Colowyo Coal Mine. This effort was of enormous importance to northwestern Colorado, particularly Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, and protects jobs and families, as well as an important source of tax revenues, in the region. Secretary Jewell and her agency are to be commended for listening to the community, understanding the stakes and responding aggressively to the situation.” Senator Michael Bennet stated: “Local leaders in Northwest Colorado passionately and effectively made their cases to Secretary Jewell and the Administration. The mine is a key economic driver for Moffatt and Rio Blanco counties and now that the assessment is complete residents there know the jobs at the mine are safe.”
Bennet, Hickenlooper Comment on ColoWyo Decision
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