A lawsuit has been brought against the owners of Twentymile mine by multiple environmental groups including The WildEarth Guardians. The law suit claims that Peabody Energy which also owns mines in New Mexico and Wyoming, no longer qualifies economically to finance their reclamation projects through self-bonding. Self-bonds use a companies assets to guarantee that money will be available to finance the reclamation of lands that are mined. According to the Continue reading
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As long as federal law says marijuana is illegal, the nation’s banking system won’t let new pot-based credit unions have access. A judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by Fourth Corner Credit Union after the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City refused to allow the credit union to join the nation’s banking system. He acknowledged however that Congress likely will have to Continue reading
The Craig City Council received a gift yesterday in appreciation for the support they’ve shown for Tri-State Generation and Transmission through a recent lawsuit. Tri-State’s Drew Kramer showed up to last night’s meeting to thank the council for their support while they went through a lawsuit with WildEarth Guardians. He brought with him a Continue reading
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says she’s joining other states in a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Coffman said Friday that she and attorneys general in at least 24 other states will file a single 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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Colorado’s decision not to allow marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder has prompted a lawsuit by PTSD sufferers. Five PTSD patients filed suit last week in Denver District Court. They’re challenging a July decision by the Colorado Board of Health not to make PTSD the first condition added to Continue reading
The WildEarth Guardians have issued a response to the Moffat County Commissioners meeting scheduled for tomorrow with Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewel. Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program Director. Stressed in a release that he wants Jewel to tell the Commissioners that “it’s time to move toward keeping coal in the ground.” The entire text of the WildEarth Guardians response is below: Continue reading
The U.S. Supreme Court is ordering a lower court to take another look at a Colorado challenge to the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. Some state lawmakers are challenging TABOR, saying it violates the division of powers. The plaintiffs say that the job of levying taxes is up to the legislative branch, and that requiring a public vote prevents Continue reading
A Wyoming cowboy who competed in the July Fourth rodeo last year has filed a lawsuit alleging two Steamboat police officers used excessive force when they arrested him. A Lakewood attorney filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Trey Sheets, who lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming. According to the lawsuit, police officers Ross 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.
One of the new pieces of information in the ColoWyo lawsuit that came out during Wednesday night’s community meeting at Moffat County High School, is that it appears the state will be going to bat for Tri-State and ColoWyo. Deputy Natural Continue reading