Decision on new coal mine in Wyoming delayed

May 30, 2017

A final decision on the fate or Ramaco’s proposed Brook Mine in northern Wyoming is not expected to happen until midsummer after a week’s worth of hearings about the mine got behind schedule and did not produce a final outcome.

The mine would be Wyoming’s first new major coal mine to come online in decades.

State regulators decided the company’s mine plan was technically accurate. But the Brook Mine is contested by local landowners, The Casper Star Tribune reported.

The Environmental Quality Council is reviewing the plan and the protests. It can ask the DEQ to go back and review raised concerns, request that the state put qualifiers on mining until certain issues are resolved, or side with the state on the plan's technical viability.

The proposed Brook Mine would be on the banks of the Tongue River north of Sheridan. It's contested by a handful of local landowners and another coal company, Big Horn Coal, which operated in the region until the mid-1980s.

The area was heavily mined in the early 20th century and has a history of sinkholes.

Ramaco CEO Randall Atkins said he hopes the company will be able to move forward after the final meeting.

 

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