Notice of Coal Mining Permit Renewal Application - Thunder Basin Coal Company

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Public Notice: Coal Mining Permit Renewal Application - Thunder Basin Coal Company

Thunder Basin Coal Company of P.O. Box 406, Wright, Wyoming has applied for a coal mining permit renewal for their Coal Creek Mine from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality of the State of Wyoming.  The coal mining permit area is located in all or portions of Sections 3, 4, and 5, T.45N., R.70W., and Sections 4, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34, T.46N., R.70W., and Section 13 and 24, T.46N., R.71W. of Campbell County, Wyoming.  The permit area lies approximately 25 miles southeast of Gillette, Wyoming off of the Hoadley Campbell County Road.  This area can be found on the Neil Butte USGS quadrangle map. The original permit to mine was granted March 1979 and is estimated to continue until 2034.  The land, after mining, will be returned to a grazing and wildlife habitat use.  Information regarding the 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, Coal Creek Mine, Wright, Wyoming, or the Campbell County Clerk’s Office, Gillette, Wyoming.  Written objections to the proposed mining operation may be submitted to the Administrator of the Land Quality Division, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th Street, Suite 10 Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, by close of business on August 21, 2020.  Objections should be limited to the subject of whether the applicant can fulfill the current requirements of the permit which are being renewed.  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 to 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).