Public Notice of Application for Bond Release - Cloud Peak Energy, Antelope Mine PT0525

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Application for Bond Release - PT0525 Cloud Peak Energy, Antelope Mine

The Cloud Peak Energy, Antelope Mine of Gillette, Wyoming, Permit No. 525-T9 has applied for Area and Phase 1 bond release for Category 5 lands from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming.  This permit was originally approved on March 11, 1982. The coal mining permit area will be located in: Township 40 North, Range 70 West, Section 6; Township 40 North, Range 71 West, Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18; Township 41 North, Range 70 West, Sections 29, 30, 31 and 32; Township 41 North, Range 71 West, Sections 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28,  29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36; Converse and Campbell Counties, Wyoming.  The permit area is approximately 55 miles north of Douglas, Wyoming.  This area can be found on: the Teckla; Teckla, SW; Dugout Creek North; and Betty Reservoir USGS quadrangle maps.  The parcels to be released from bond are located in Sections 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 within Township 40 & 41 and Range 70. This bond release request includes 2,291.6 acres of Category 5 Lands.

Information regarding the mining operation, reclamation procedures and areas proposed for release may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Written objections to the proposed bond release request must be received by the Administrator of the Land Quality Division, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th Street, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY  82002, before the close of business August 24th, 2018. If written objections are filed, and a public hearing is requested, the Director may hold an informal conference, hear the complaint and take action on the application in accordance with the Department's Rules of Practice and Procedure.  An informal conference shall be held if the Director determines that the nature of the complaint or the position of the complainants indicates that an attempt to informally resolve the disputes is preferable to a contested case proceeding.  An informal conference shall be held 20 days after the final date for filing objections unless a different date is stipulated to by the parties. The complainants shall have a right of appeal to the Environmental Quality Council where the complaint will be heard a second time.  If an informal conference is not held or does not satisfy the complainants, a public hearing shall be held within 60 days after the final date for filing objections unless a different period is stipulated to by the parties.  The Council or Director shall inform the operator and all interested parties of the public hearing. The Council or Director shall publish notice of the time, date and location of the hearing or conference in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality of the proposed operation once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks immediately prior to the hearing or conference.  The hearing would be conducted as a contested case in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act (W.S. §16-3-101 through §16-3-115), and the right of judicial review would be afforded as provided in that act.