Notice of Mine Permit Transfer Application - Blackjewel, LLC PT0428 Eagle Butte Mine

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Application for Coal Mine Permit Transfer - Blackjewel LLC PT0428 Eagle Butte Mine

Public Notice

Mine Permit Transfer


Contura Coal West, LLC Eagle Butte Mine of Gillette, Wyoming has applied for a coal mining permit transfer from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality of the State of Wyoming.  Mining Permit No. 428-T7 will be transferred to Blackjewel L.L.C. Eagle Butte Mine of Gillette, Wyoming.  The mining permit includes all or portions of the following lands, all in the 6th P.M., Campbell County, Wyoming: Sections 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35 of T.51N, R.72W; Sections 2, 3, and 4 of T.50N, R.72W; and portions of Section 19, T.51N, R.71W.  The area is approximately 3 miles north of Gillette, Wyoming off U.S. Highway Nos. 14/16, and 59.  This area can be found on the Rawhide School, Moyer Springs, Gillette East and Gillette West USGS quadrangle maps.  The operation began in November 1976 and is estimated to continue until 2030. Information regarding the proposed permit transfer may be reviewed in the office of the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne and Sheridan, Wyoming or the Campbell County Clerk's Office in Gillette, Wyoming. Written objections to the proposed mining permit transfer must be received by the Administrator, Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th Street, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY 82002, before the close of business November 29, 2018.  The nature of any objection must relate to the ability of the new permit holder (transferee) to meet the obligations of the permit. 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 shall 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 required in W.S. §35-11-406(j).