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

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Public Notice: Coal Permit Renewal Application - Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC

The Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC of City Place One, St. Louis, MO 63141, 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 renewal area will be located in all of Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 11; W/2W/2 of Section 1; E/2 of Section 10; S/2SW/4 of Section 12; N/2SW/4, NW/4, W/2SW/4NE/4 of Section 13; NE/4, NW/4, N/2SE/4, N/2SW/4 of Section 14; NE/4, N/2SE/4 of Section 15; all in T42N-R70W. All of Sections 1 and 2; N/2NE/4 SE/4NE/4 of Section 3 all in T42N-R71W. SW/4SW/4 of Section 6; NW/4, portions of SW/4 of Section 7; all in T43N-R69W. All of Sections 2 – 36; W/2, SE/4, S/2NE/4, NW/4NE/4 of Section 1; all in T43N-R70W. All of Sections 1, 2, 8 – 17, 19 – 27 and 34 – 36; E/2, SW/4, S/2NW/4 of Section 3; S/2 of Section 18; and E/2 of Section 28 all in T43N-R71W. All of Sections 19 – 20, 27 – 30, and 31 – 35; S/2 of Section 21; S/2 of Section 22; W/2SW/4 of Section 23; SW/4SE/4, SW/4 of Section 25; S/2, S/2NE/4, S/2NW/4, NW/4NW/4 of Section 26; W/2, W/2NE/4, W/2SE/4 of Section 36; all in T44N-R70W. All of Sections 14, 23 – 26, 35 – 36; SE/4 of Section 22; S/2 of Section 13; E/2 of Section 27; E/2 of Section 34; all in T44N-R71W of  Campbell County, Wyoming.  Black Thunder Mine is approximately 12 miles southeast of Wright Wyoming and has a physical address of 4669 Hwy 450, Wright, WY 82732.  This area can be found on the Reno Junction, Hilight, Open A Ranch, Piney Canyon NW , Reno Reservoir, Little Thunder Reservoir,  Teckla SW, Teckla, Piney Canyon SW USGS quadrangle map.  The original permit to mine was granted on December 1974 and is estimated to continue until 2034. Mining activity will occur within 100 feet of Hilight Road, Highway 450, Reno Road, School Creek Road and Small Road. The land, after coal mining, will be returned to primarily grazing/wildlife habitat with a small industrial site.  Information regarding the proposed mining operations 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 the Thunder Basin Coal Company, LLC at the Black Thunder Mine, or the Campbell County Clerk’s Office in 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 West 17th Street, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY 82002, before the close of business of May 28th, 2020.  The Director may hold an informal conference if requested, hear the complaint and take action on the application is 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.  All parties as given in W.S. §35-11-406(j) will be mailed a copy of this notice.  The Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission will be mailed a copy of the application mine plan map as required by W.S. §35-11-406(j).