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 coal leases and OSM’s 2009 mine-plan modification approval. The proposal also calls on Trapper to limit mining activities to certain areas until the process is complete. The OSM would have until April 30th to finish its work. The agreement comes as welcome news to the employees of Trapper, who were concerned about the loss of their jobs. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid issued a statement Friday that says they are hopeful that OSM will be able to get the needed EA completed by the April deadline. He went on to say that the area’s miners must be allowed to keep working to supply Craig Station with the coal that’s needed to supply the grid with cost-effective and clean power. He also said he spoke Friday with Janice Schneider, Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, who expressed her belief that the Interior Department will meet the judge’s deadline.

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