ColoWyo Meeting with OSM Changes Venue

osmThe upcoming public meeting to be held by the Office of Surface Mining in Craig has been moved from the Center of Craig, to the Grandstands building at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The meeting is being held to gather public input on the environmental impacts of ColoWyo’s South Taylor Permit Expansion Project. The project was completed 8 years ago, and the mine has been operating in full compliance since then. However, a federal judge recently ruled that the OSM did not do enough to gather public input on the effects the expansion project would have on climate change. The Office was given 120 days to redo that assessment, or the judge said he would pull the permit, costing over 200 jobs and over $200 million dollars to the local annual economy. The June 10th meeting will follow an “open house” format, and will be held from 4 to 8. OSM officials will use the comments in their new Environmental Assessment. This meeting is separate from the meeting that will be held this Wednesday night at Moffat County High School. That meeting will feature local officials and industry representatives, and is intended to inform citizens about the situation the mine and power plant are facing.

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