Notice of Application for Phase 3 Bond Release - Buckskin Mining Company

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Notice of Application for Phase 3 Bond Release - Buckskin Mining Company

The Buckskin Mining Company of Gillette, Wyoming (Permit No. 500-T9) has applied for Phase 3 bond release from the Land Quality Division of the Department of  Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming.  This permit was originally approved on March 11, 1980. The coal mining permit area is located in: Sections 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34, in Township 52N, Range 72W; in Sections 4, 5, 6, Township 51N,  Range 72W; and in Sections 24 and 25 in Township 52N, Range 73W, Campbell  County, Wyoming.  The Buckskin Mine is located approximately 12 miles north of Gillette on US Highway 14/16.   This area can be found on the Rawhide School USGS quadrangle map.  The parcels to be released from bond are located in Sections 33, 32, 31, 29, 28 and 21 in Township 52 North, Range 72 West; and in Sections 4, 5 and 6 in Township 51 North, Range 72 West.  This bond release request includes 681.8 acres of Phase 3 bond release. The aforementioned areas were backfilled, topsoiled and seeded to permanent native seed mixtures from 1996- 2004.

Information regarding the mining operation, reclamation procedures and areas proposed for release may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne and Sheridan, Wyoming.  Written objections to the proposed bond release request 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 on August 9, 2019.  If written objections are filed, and a public hearing is requested, the Director may hold an informal conference, hear the complaint and take action on the application in accordance with the Department's Rules of Practice and Procedure.  An informal 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 shall be held 20 days after the final date for filing objections unless a different date is stipulated to by the parties. The complainants shall have a right of appeal to the Environmental Quality Council where the complaint will be heard a second time.  If an informal conference is not held or does not satisfy the complainants, a public hearing shall be held within 60 days after the final date for filing objections unless a different period is stipulated to by the parties.  The Council or Director shall inform the operator and all interested parties of the public hearing. 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.