Public Notice of Mine Permit Revision Application - Black Hills Bentonite, LLC

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Public Notice: Mine Permit Revision Application - Black Hills Bentonite, LLC

Black Hills Bentonite LLC of Casper, Wyoming has applied for a major mining permit revision
from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of
Wyoming for the Permit to Mine No. 745-Amendment Area 1. The mining permit revision area
for the mining of bentonite will increase the Acreage to Affect within Permit to Mine No. 745 by
138.4 acres and will be located in Sections 22, 26, 27, and 34, Township 49 N, Range 66W,
Crook County, Wyoming. The revision area is approximately nine miles southeast of Moorcroft,
Wyoming. The proposed operation is scheduled to begin July 2021and is estimated to continue
until 2041.

Information regarding this application may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division
of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne and Sheridan or the Crook County
Clerk's Office, Sundance, Wyoming. Written objections to the proposed mining operation must
be received by the Administrator of the Land Quality Division of the Department of
Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th Street, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY 82002, before the close of
business Date 30 days after February 25, 2021. The Director shall issue a final written decision
on the application within thirty days after the deadline to file objections. The applicant or objector
may appeal the Director’s written decision to the Environmental Quality Council (EQC). If a
hearing is held, the EQC shall issue findings of fact and a decision within sixty days after the
final hearing. The hearing shall 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 shall 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 Conservation Commission
will be mailed a copy of the application mine plan map as required in W.S. §35-11-406(j).