Notice of Application for Permit Renewal - Antelope Coal, LLC

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Application for Coal Permit Renewal - Antelope Coal, LLC PT0525

Antelope Coal LLC 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: 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, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36; Converse and Campbell Counties, Wyoming.  This area can be found on the Teckla; Teckla, SW; Dugout Creek North; and Betty Reservoir USGS quadrangle map(s).  The original permit to mine was granted on March 11, 1982 and is estimated to continue until 2039.  The land, after mining, will be returned to a Livestock Grazing and Occasional Wildlife Habitat land use. Information regarding the proposed mining operation and reclamation procedures may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne; the office of Antelope Coal LLC, 55 miles north of Douglas; or the Converse County Clerk’s Office in Douglas, 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 March 8th, 2019.  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).