CRAIG—Last week, Trapper Mining Inc. announced the filing of a joint proposed remedy to U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson. The proposal was developed by the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper Mining Inc. and WildEarth Guardians.
The court this morning approved the joint remedy. OSM will now have until April 30, 2016, to complete the new and enhanced environmental assessment of Trapper’s federal coal leases and OSM’s 2009 mine-plan modification approval. Trapper Mining and OSM will develop a timeline and plan for the environmental assessment and will keep all stakeholders informed and engaged throughout the process.
Jim Mattern, Trapper Mining’s president and general manager, echoed his comments from last week on hearing the court’s decision:
“We are pleased that Judge Jackson recognized the good-faith efforts by OSM, WildEarth Guardians and Trapper Mining to develop a reasonable process and timeline. We are looking forward to working with OSM to complete its enhanced environmental review and with all stakeholders to fully implement this process. Most importantly, we are pleased that the court’s prompt decision will ensure that mining operations continue at Trapper and that our employees remain on the job.”