As you may be aware, as part of their ongoing campaign to stop coal mining, the Wild Earth Guardians, in one of many legal actions in several different jurisdictions, managed to get a District Court judge in Montana to issue a decision giving the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) 240 days to complete yet another environmental assessment of Spring Creek Mine's previously permitted mining plan. The mining permit was approved in June 2012 after a thorough environmental assessment was completed and much of the coal covered by it has already been mined.
We are disappointed that the trial court's decision fails to recognize the robust, multi-year regulatory process that has already been conducted and calls into question the ability of the mine to continue operations under an existing permit; however, Cloud Peak Energy is continuing work to assist OSM in addressing this additional review. The Spring Creek Mine is proud of its record of strong environmental stewardship and provides significant benefits including safe, reliable and low-cost electricity, good-paying jobs and substantial federal, state and local tax and royalty revenue.
Deadline for the first comment period is March 12. Click here
for more information and to visit the website to comment. Anything you could do to help us get the word out and comments to OSM would be greatly appreciated.