OSM to Gather Public Input on Trapper Assessment

Trapper-Mine-300A meeting will be held later this month to rally for Trapper Mine in their settlement with WildEarth Guardians over mining operations. Trapper and ColoWyo Mines both came under litigation after WildEarth spokesman Jeremy Nichols filed a lawsuit against the Office of Surface Mining, claiming the permits issued for the mines’ current operations were based on insufficient Environmental Assessments. The EAs were ordered to be redone. ColoWyo completed their assessment to the satisfaction of the Interior Department, and now a settlement has been reached with Trapper Mine. Public comment will be gathered starting October 29th. Officials say getting public input on the Trapper plan is just as important as the input gathered on the ColoWyo assessment. The first opportunity to do that will be at a meeting on the 29th at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion. The Office of Surface Mining is again hosting the meeting, which will run from 4 in the afternoon until 8 in the evening. Comment cards will be available at the door.

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