OSM Taking Public Comment on ColoWyo Tomorrow

osmNorthwest Colorado residents are reminded to stop by the Moffat County Fairgrounds tomorrow to submit a public comment regarding ColoWyo Coal Mine. The Office of Surface Mining will be in Craig tomorrow to gather that public input. A federal judge ruled last month that the office didn’t do enough to consider the effects mining and burning coal would have on climate change when they approved the permit for the South Taylor Pit at the mine. The judge gave the Office 120 days to redo the assessment, or he would consider pulling the permit, effectively shutting the mine down. That would cost the Craig and Meeker communities over 220 jobs, and over $200 million in the local economies. Tri-State and ColoWyo officials say the key to having a successful outing tomorrow is to comment early and often. They say the more comments they get in favor of the mine, the better their chances are. They recommend filling out a different comment card for each topic you’d like to address. The OSM will be available from 4 to 8 tomorrow, in the Grandstands Building of the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

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