Tag Archives: Colowyo

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

Tomorrow is Comment Deadline for Trapper Settlement

Trapper-Mine-300Tomorrow is the last day to make scoping comments to the Office of Surface Mining regarding the Trapper Mine settlement with WildEarth Guardians. Local officials stress that making comments on the Trapper plan is just as important as making comments on the ColoWyo plan. The OSM and Trapper held a community outreach meeting a couple of weeks ago to allow Continue reading

Greater Sage Grouse Avoids Listing

sage_grouse-300Another win for northwest Colorado, as the Interior Department has found that the Greater Sage Grouse does NOT warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama Administration says the decision was made in light of the powerful conservation effort being administered by state and local land managers. A Continue reading

WildEarth Upping the Stakes in Newest Lawsuits

wildearthUndeterred by recent failures in Colorado, an environmental group is expanding its legal campaign to try to stop coal mining over purported human caused climate change by challenging permits for some of the largest mines in the West. This time, New Mexico-based WildEarth Guardians is asking a federal judge to block mining at the Antelope and Continue reading

Mining Will Continue at Colowyo – Assessment Filed

coalThe Interior Department’s Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit of Colowyo Mine was signed by Assistant Secretary of the Interior Janice Schneider and has been officially filed. Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said he received a phone call from Janice Snyder of the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) to let him know that the timely filing fulfills the order by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson, who gave the Office of Surface Mining 120 days to bring the permit into compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The new assessment shows that the mine’s operations do NOT create a significant environmental impact. The filing brings to a close the events that lead to the fear in Northwest Colorado that mining operations at Colowyo would cease, put 220 miners out of work and devastate local economies.

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American Energy Alliance Produces Video Supporting NW Colorado

aeaThe American Energy Alliance has produced a short video supporting Northwest Colorado in its fight against the WildEarth Guardians. WildEarth filed a lawsuit against the Office of Surface Mining earlier this year, saying the office’s Environmental Assessment for the South Taylor Pit at ColoWyo was insufficient. The judge Continue reading

Kinkaid Reviews Meeting with Jewell

JEWELLMoffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid gave a review of his meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell yesterday. Kinkaid met with Jewell and other federal officials Friday night in Glenwood to talk about the ColoWyo situation. Several other local, state and federal officials were there, including Commissioners from Rio Blanco, Garfield, and Delta Counties, Moffat Continue reading

Moffat County Commissioners Will Meet With Interior Secretary Jewel This Week

JEWELLMoffat County Commissioners will meet with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel this Friday.  That according to Commissioner John Kinkaid.  Jewell will be in Aspen Friday to speak as part of the Aspen Institute’s Hurst Lecture Series.  The Commissioners, who will meet with Jewel in Glenwood Spring at 8pm, are expected to impress on Continue reading

Letter Sent by Lawmakers Inviting DOI Director Back to Craig

department-of-interiorA letter signed by several Western legislators has been sent to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, inviting her back to Craig. The legislators would like to see Jewell hold a public meeting in Craig, to explain what she is doing to help residents of Northwest Colorado regarding the ColoWyo decision. The letter briefly goes over what has Continue reading

Air Quality Control Commission in Craig for Summer Retreat

MOFFAT-CO-FAIRGROUND-SIGNThe state’s Air Quality Control Commission is in Craig today for their summer retreat. This is the group’s first visit to Craig, and it includes tours of Trapper Mine and Tri-State. The highlight is tonight’s open forum. The ColoWyo situation is expected to be a hot topic of discussion at the forum. The Office of Surface Mining has finished Continue reading

Steamboat Institute to Discuss ColoWyo Tonight

STEAMBOAT INSTITUTEThe Steamboat Institute takes up the ColoWyo situation tonight. A meeting will be held tonight to discuss the ruling against the Office of Surface Mining Continue reading

Steamboat Institute, Air Quality Control Commission to Talk ColoWyo

STEAMBOAT INSTITUTEThere will be a couple of opportunities this week to talk about the ColoWyo situation. On Wednesday, The Steamboat Institute welcomes Amy Oliver Continue reading