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Letter To Secretary Jewell in Support of Trapper Mine

 

JEWELLU.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, along with Governor John Hickenlooper, and Congressman Scott Tipton yestrday sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urging DOI to complete the court-ordered Environmental Assessment for Trapper Mine prior to April 30th. Trapper Mine’s permit was covered under the same environmental review that the U.S. District Court in Colorado deemed deficient for Colowyo Mine, but Trapper Mine was initially believed to be unaffected. Further review led to a negotiation with the Office of 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

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

Trapper Meeting Well Attended

Trapper-Mine-300Yesterday’s community outreach meeting hosted by the Office of Surface Mining and Trapper Mine was well attended. The two entities displayed a large amount of information describing how each operation works in general, along with specific information about the settlement with environmental groups. A judge ruled that the Environmental Assessment for Continue reading

Trapper Assessment Public Comment Period Begins Tomorrow

Trapper-Mine-300The Office of Surface Mining will hold an open-house public outreach meeting tomorrow that will include displays and handouts explaining the status of the Trapper Mine Project. A judge ruled that the Environmental Assessment for Trapper was insufficient and the mine has worked out a settlement with the federal government and environmental groups. That settlement is now up Continue reading

Cynthia Coffman to Tour Tri-State; Trapper to Gather Public Comments

COFFMANColorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will be in Craig later this month to tour the Tri State Generation and Transmission Craig Station. The Moffat County Commissioners made that announcement yesterday. They say Coffman will Continue reading

OSM to Gather Public Input on Trapper Assessment

Trapper-Mine-300A meeting will be held later this month to rally for Trapper Mine in their settlement with WildEarth Guardians over mining operations. Trapper and ColoWyo Mines both came under litigation after WildEarth spokesman Jeremy Nichols filed a lawsuit against the Office of Surface Mining, claiming the permits issued for the mines’ current operations were based on insufficient 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

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

Court Approves Joint Remedy for Trapper Mining Review

Trapper-Mine-300CRAIG—Last week, Trapper Mining Inc. announced the filing of a joint proposed remedy to U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson. The proposal was developed by the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper Mining Inc. and WildEarth Guardians.

The court this morning approved the joint Continue reading

Trapper mine Comes to Agreement with WildEarth Guardians

Trapper-Mine-300Trapper Mine, which was also a target of a WildEarth Guardians lawsuit, has filed a joint proposed remedy to District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson. The proposal was developed by the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper and WildEarth. The proposal would guide how OSM conducts a new and enhanced environmental assessment of Trapper’s federal Continue reading

Mining Group Blasts OSM’s Stream Protection Rule

osmThe Obama Administration is proposing another rule intended to interfere with the coal industry. The Office of Surface Mining will hold a public listening session on their proposed Stream Protection Rule. Experts say the “rule” will amend or modify 475 existing rules that will decimate coal Continue reading