Another 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
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Undeterred 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
The 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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The 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
Moffat 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 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
A 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
The 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
The 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
There will be a couple of opportunities this week to talk about the ColoWyo situation. On Wednesday, The Steamboat Institute welcomes Amy Oliver Continue reading
If you didn’t make it to last night’s meeting to make your comments to the Office of Surface Mining, regarding the Environmental Assessment being conducted on the South Taylor Pit at ColoWyo, you still have a chance to make your voice heard. Last night’s meeting at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Continue reading
Those planning to go to the Office of Surface Mining’s meeting this afternoon in Craig won’t be given an opportunity to comment on an open microphone. Instead, those that show up will be able to talk to individual representatives on a more intimate level, about the issues surrounding ColoWyo Mine. There will be stations residents can visit to submit their comments, which the OSM will use in their Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit. A federal judge has ordered the office to complete the assessment within 120 days of his ruling, or he has threatened to pull the permit for the pit. That would leave 220 employees without jobs, and the local annual economy would take a roughly $200 million hit. Public comments are due by Monday. If you can’t make it to this afternoon’s meeting, which will take place from 4 to 8 in the Grandstands Building of the Moffat County Fairgrounds, you can fill out a public comment form online which you’ll find on the front page at KRAI.COM.