Notice of Renewal Application - Peabody Powder River Mining, LLC - North Antelope Rochelle Mine

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Notice of Renewal Application - North Antelope Rochelle Mine

Peabody Powder River Mining, LLC of St. Louis, MO 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 is located in portions or all of: sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17 and 18, T41N R69W; sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34, T41N R70W; sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, and 25, T41N R71W; sections 17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30, 31, and 32, T42N R69W; sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36, T42N R70W; sections 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36, T42N R71W; sections 31 and 32, T43N R70W; and sections 35 and 36, T43N R71W; 6th Principal Meridian located in Campbell and Converse Counties, Wyoming.  The North Antelope Rochelle Mine is located approximately 65 miles south of Gillette, Wyoming. This area can be found on the Coal Bank Draw, Dugout Creek North, Piney Canyon SW, Teckla, Teckla SW, Piney Canyon NW, Reno Reservoir and Little Thunder Reservoir USGS quadrangle maps.  The original permit to mine was granted in 1984 and is estimated to continue until 2041. The land, after mining, will be returned to grazing land and wildlife habitat. 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 or the Campbell County Clerk's Office, Gillette, Wyoming and Converse County Clerk’s Office, 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, Cheyenne, WY 82002, before the close of business June 20, 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).