Gardner Urges Jewell to Help Keep ColoWyo Operational

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner has drafted a letter to the Secretary of the Interior regarding the decision issued against ColoWyo mine by a federal judge. The letter states the devastation the ruling would have on the economies of Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. The mine is located in both counties, and is the primary provider of coal to Tri-State’s Craig Station. The judge has given the Office of Surface Mining 120 days to correct what environmental groups claim was a negligible effort to gather public input on the environmental impacts of an expansion that took place 8 years ago. If the deadline is not met, mining operations will halt, resulting in the loss of over 220 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in the regional economy. Gardner is asking Secretary Sally Jewell to provide the resources needed to reach that goal and keep the mine operational. Representative Scott Tipton is also expected to sign on to the letter. You can see the draft letter below.  Click letter to enlarge.  Pictured: Cory Gardner

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