Notice of Permit Renewal Application - Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC

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Notice of Permit Renewal Application - Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC

The Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company with a mailing address of P.O. Box 406, Wright, WY 82732, has filed a mining permit renewal application with the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for an equipment transport route in Campbell County, Wyoming.  The coal mining permit renewal area will be located in:

Township 43N, Range 71W: portions of Sections 1, 2, 12, and 13

Township 44N, Range 71W: portions of Sections 2, 11, 14, 23, 26, and 35

Township 45N, Range 71W: portions of Sections 1, 12, 13, 24, 25, 35, and 36

Township 46N, Range 71W: portions of Sections 24, 25, and 36 Campbell County, Wyoming.

The area is approximately 22 miles in length; the southern boundary of which is approximately 12 miles southeast of the town of Wright, Wyoming. The area extends from the Black Thunder Mine permit area to the Coal Creek Mine permit area and is used for the transfer of mining equipment between these two mines. This area can be found on the Reno Reservoir, Hilight, and Neil Butte USGS quadrangle map(s). Mining activity will occur within 100 feet of Hwy 450, North Lawver Road, South Lawver Road, Keeline Road, Small Road and Shoyer Road.

The original permit to mine was granted on July, 1999 and is estimated to continue until 2045.  The land, after mining, will be returned to livestock grazing and wildlife habitat. 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 Sheridan, Wyoming, the office of Thunder Basin Coal Company LLC, 12 miles SE of Wright, WY, or the Campbell County Clerk's Office, 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 July 22, 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 Commission will be mailed a copy of the application mine plan map as given in W.S. §35-11-406(j).