Notice of Application for Permit Revision - Bridger Coal Company, PT0338

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Public Notice of Application for Permit Revision - Bridger Coal Company, PT0338

The Bridger Coal Company of Point of Rocks, Wyoming has applied for a revision of its coal mining permit, Permit No. 338 issued May 22, 1975, from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming.  The mining permit area is located in T20N, R100W, R101W; T21N, R100W, R101W and T22N, R100W, R101W, Sweetwater County, Wyoming.  The area is approximately 7 miles NE of Point of Rocks, Wyoming.    This area can be found on the Ten Mile Rim, Black Rock South, Bitter Creek NW, and Point of Rocks USGS quadrangle map(s).  The mining operation began May 1973 and is estimated to continue until 2037.  The land, after mining, will be returned to wildlife habitat and grazing land.  This revision is to update the current and Life of Mine Mining and Reclamation Plans.  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 and Lander, Wyoming, or the  Sweetwater County Clerk's Office in Green River, Wyoming. A complete index sheet identifying all proposed changes is located in Volume 1 of the Revision Volumes included with the revision application available for public viewing. 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 St., Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY  82002 before the close of business June 27, 2019. Only the revision is open for public review.  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 Commission will be mailed a copy of the application mine plan map as given in W.S. §35-11-406(j).