Tag Archives: environment

Rule Could Result In Nearly 80,000 Lost Coal Jobs

coalplugHouse Republicans are looking to put a stop to a rule that could cost the U.S. tens of thousands of coal mining jobs. Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton is pushing to add a provision to any possible end of year funding package.  The provision would end or delay the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation’s proposed Stream Protection Rule.  The purpose of the Stream Continue reading

Carbon County has 6.4 Billion Tons Of Coal Reserves

coalplugThere is approximately 6.4 billion tons of coal located in and around Carbon County according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study that will be released next year.  While Carbon County would like to see this coal mined, some experts believe that the economic Continue reading

Will The Lost Solar Fire Affect The Ecosystem?

WILD FIREThere will be a presentation Thursday night in Meeker to explain the role the Lost Solar Fire will have on the environment, and the ecosystem. The meeting will take place at the Meeker Public Library from 7 to 8:30.  The Lost Continue reading

Clarification On Craig Station Unit 1 Closure

Craig_StationThe future of Craig Station Unit 1 became a little clearer following Thursday nights meeting at Moffat County High School.  Mike McInnes, the CEO of Tri-State, one of the members of the Yampa Project that own Unit 1, attended the meeting to provide an explanation for the closure, and to brief the community on the Yampa Project’s plan for the future.  McInnes stressed that the agreement to close Unit 1 by the end of 2025 was the Continue reading

Gardner Reacts to Keystone Rejection

gardnerPresident Obama’s rejection of the proposal to build the Keystone XL Pipeline has upset many lawmakers, including Colorado Senator Cory Gardner. Gardner released a statement yesterday blasting the president for putting the demands of radical political groups over American jobs. Gardner said, “Construction of the Keystone pipeline would have created jobs, reduced America’s dependence on overseas oil, and helped Continue reading

OSM Proposes New Stream Protection Rule

osmThe Office of Surface Mining has proposed a new rule for regulation of coal mining they say will take advantage of new science to protect the environment, while still allowing coal mining. However, coal industry representatives say the Stream Protection Rule is a rule that seeks to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. The rule would adjust 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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Public Meeting Planned to Discuss ColoWyo EA

coloyowA public meeting will be held tomorrow night in Craig to discuss the newly released Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit at ColoWyo Coal Mine. The Office of Surface Mining was ordered to redo the assessment, by a federal judge in Continue reading

Jewell to Meet with Commissioners Tonight

JEWELLInterior Secretary Sally Jewell will meet with Moffat County Commissioners tonight in Glenwood Springs. Jewell is taking a rafting trip in Glenwood, and has agreed to meet with the commissioners over the ColoWyo Mine lawsuit. Jewell refused to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the Office of Surface Mining redo an Environmental Assessment for the mine’s South Continue reading

Jewell Visiting Aspen, No Plans to Visit Craig

JEWELLInterior Secretary Sally Jewell will be in Aspen this weekend, but there are no apparent plans to visit Moffat County. The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining is in the midst of redoing an environmental assessment of the South Taylor Pit at ColoWyo Coal Mine. A federal judge in Denver ruled the original assessment didn’t do enough to consider the effects of burning coal on Continue reading

Interior Department Lets Appeal Deadline Pass

department-of-interiorYesterday’s deadline for the Interior Department to file for an appeal of a judge’s ruling against the Office of Surface Mining over an extraction permit issued to ColoWyo Coal Mine nearly a decade ago has come and gone. The OSM is preparing a new Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit, after the judge said the Continue reading

Gardner Blasts President for Keystone Veto

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner has some harsh words for President Obama, over his veto of a bill to begin building the Keystone XL Pipeline. Gardner said that “Last November, Coloradans and Americans voted for a change. They voted for a Congress that could work together and pass legislation that benefits all of us. Unfortunately, with his veto of the bill to build the Continue reading