Notice of Application for Coal Permit Renewal - Contura Coal West, LLC PT0214

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Contura Coal West, LLC - PT0214 Coal Permit Renewal Application

Contura Coal West, LLC Belle Ayr Mine of Gillette, Wyoming has applied for a coal mining permit renewal from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming.  The coal mining permit area will be located in Campbell County, Wyoming in the following:

                Sections 13, 24, 25 and 36, T. 48 N., R. 72 W.

                Sections 1 and 12, T. 47 N., R. 72 W.

                Sections 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36,

                T. 48 N., R. 71 W.

                Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, T. 47 N., R 71 W.

Belle Ayr Mine is approximately 16 miles southeast of Gillette, Wyoming adjacent to Campbell County Bishop Road. This area can be found on the Gap, The Gap SW, Saddle Horse Butte, USGS quadrangle map(s).  The original permit to mine was granted on November 26, 1974 and is estimated to continue until 2033.  The land, after mining, will be returned to fish and wildlife habitat, pastureland, and livestock grazingland.  Information regarding this application may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne and Sheridan, Wyoming, the office of Contura Coal West, LLC Belle Ayr Mine near Gillette, Wyoming, or the Campbell County Clerk's Office in Gillette, Wyoming. Written objections to the proposed mining operation 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 on October 4, 2018.  The Director may hold an informal conference if requested, hear the complaint and take action on the application in accordance with the Department's Rules of Practice and Procedure.  The complainants shall have a right of appeal to the Environmental Quality Council where the complaint will be heard a second time.  A 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 or a public hearing shall be held within twenty (20) days after the final date for filing objections unless a different period is stipulated to by the parties.  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.  The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will be mailed a copy of the application mine plan map as given in W.S. §35-11-406(j).