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Comments Needed On Trapper And ColoWyo Environmental Assessments

jan 27 meeting Crai8gA smaller than expected number of people attended the public meeting concerning the draft Environmental Assessments for Trapper and ColoWyo mines last night. About 250 were in attendance. Speakers included Ray Beck the Mayor of Craig and Moffat County Continue reading

Important Meeting On Coal Issues Today

IMPORTANT-NOTICEA public meeting will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at Moffat County High School to allow the community to learn more about the environmental assessments preformed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on mining plans at both ColoWyo Continue reading

Stopping Coal Exports The Goal Of The “Green Wall”

coal exportMayors on the west coast are teaming up with groups like The Wild Earth Guardians to form what they are calling “green wall” on the west coast of the United States. The goal of the group and the “green wall” is to Continue reading

EPA Coal Plans Sparks Controversy

EPA-300Both sides of the pro and anti coal agenda continue to weigh in on the Obama Administration’s plan to review of the coal leasing program on federal lands, including a pause in “new significant coal leases”. On Friday Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the review could take as long as three years. Representative Scott Tipton said the plan “jeopardizes America’s energy future.” “This decision Continue reading

Feds Put Pause on New Coal Leasing

department-of-interiorSecretary Sally Jewell announced today that the Interior Department will put a pause on new coal leasing and launch a comprehensive review to identify and evaluate reforms to the federal coal program in order to ensure that it provides a fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs. This is another step along the path that President Obama Continue reading

ColoWyo Environmental Assessment Release Delayed

osmThe release of the new Environmental Assessment on the Collum area of the ColoWyo mine which was scheduled for yesterday has been pushed back a few days. Lee Boughey, the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Tri-State Generation and Transmission, said there was no specific reason for the delay. The Assessment is now Continue reading

Colorado Coal Mine Owner Declares Bankruptcy

coalArch Coal, second-largest coal mining company in the United States, yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company owns and operates West Elk Mine in Colorado near the town of Somerset in Gunnison County. The bankruptcy filing is part of a reorganization plan to cut $4.5 billion in debt from its Continue reading

Obama Talks About “War On Coal”

war on coal shirtPresident Obama has acknowledged that those who claim that he has a “war on coal” have “perfectly Legitimate” reasons to believe that there is indeed a war on coal. Obama made the remarks during and interview on NPR as he was explaining that there are good reasons to object to his policies. In a quote from the interview the Continue reading

New Video Features Colowyo Miners

COLOWYOA new video produced by “Tri-State Generation and Transmission” is now available online.  The video features dozens of Colowyo employees and Northwest Colorado residents. It focuses on the environmental, reclamation and safety actions taken by the mine and what coal mining has done to improve the lives of mine workers and others in Continue reading

Chimney Fire Season Is Here

chimney fire 200As you snuggle in front of a cozy fire or bask in the warmth of a wood stove. The last thing you are likely to be thinking about is the condition of your chimney. However, if you don’t give some thought to it before you light those winter fires, your enjoyment may be short-lived. Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage structures, destroy homes and can injure or kill. Chimney fires can burn explosively – noisy Continue reading

Public Comment Period Ends Today for Trapper Assessment

Trapper-Mine-300The public comment period for the Trapper Environmental Assessment ends today. If you haven’t made your comment yet, you should do so by the end of the day. The comments have been deemed by local officials as equally as important as the comments gathered for the ColoWyo settlement. The Moffat County Commissioners finalized their comments at Continue reading

Environmentalists Attacking Another Coal Community

wildearthEnvironmentalists have forged an agreement with the Bonanza Power Plant to cap the amount of coal the plant can burn before it is upgraded with new pollution controls. The plant gets its coal from the Deserado Mine near Rangely. The public is being given the chance to comment on the proposed settlement. It puts a conditional Continue reading