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Interior Department OKs Trapper Mine EA

office of surface miningTrapper Mining Inc. Friday welcomed the final approval of its Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The completed EA, developed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in response to a lawsuit brought by WildEarth Guardians, allows Continue reading

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

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

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to Visit Northwest Colorado Tomorrow

COFFMANColorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will be in Northwest Colorado tomorrow. Coffman will makes stops in Steamboat and Hayden before landing in Craig for a tour of Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s Craig Station. Coffman will 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

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

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

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

Moffat County Becomes Participant in EA Process

moffat-county-commissionersThe Moffat County Commissioners, yesterday, signed an agreement to become a participant in the Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit at ColoWyo Mine. The Office of Continue reading

Med Students Visiting Craig this Week

tmh-150Craig is playing host this week to a number of medical students from the University of Colorado Denver. The students are involved in “Rural Immersion Week”, which highlights the benefits Continue reading