Dept. of Interior OKs modified plan for Colowyo

The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved and signed a modified mine plan for Colowyo Mine, which was subject to a federal district court order requiring the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) to update its environmental review of the mine. In addition to the new mining plan, on Aug. 31, the […]

One Craig Station power plant to be retired in 2025

RBC I The owners of the Craig Station power plant, including PacifiCorp, Platte River Power Authority, Salt River Project, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, have reached an agreement with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, WildEarth Guardians and […]

Guest Editorial: Hickenlooper seems determined to kill coal jobs

RBC I Governor John Hickenlooper reportedly is contemplating executive orders that could cost thousands of Coloradans their jobs, and drive future energy bills through the roof, all without the approval of the people or their representatives in the Statehouse. Hickenlooper likes to highlight job creation as a pillar of his “legacy.” Yet he mysteriously has […]

Two sides of coal leasing reform hold GJ meeting

RBC I In the late 1890s, when coal mines began operating in Western mountain communities, miners took caged canaries underground to alert them to danger. If potentially deadly gases, such as carbon monoxide and methane, were to leak out of the coal seams, the sight of a fragile yellow bird in distress warned the miners […]

BLM OKs overburden storage at coal mine north of Meeker

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management Northwest District signed a Finding of No Significant Impact and a Decision Record on Friday, approving a coal lease modification to allow Colowyo Coal to store rock and soil overburden at a coal mine north of Meeker.

Tipton: Coal program under fire

RBC I U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) submitted remarks to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) during a listening session on the administration’s review of the federal coal program on June 23. The DOI has launched a comprehensive review of the federal coal program to identify and consider potential reforms.

Coal mine battles may not be over just yet

RBC I Less than a week before world leaders convene in Paris for an international climate change conference, the Obama administration has again proposed letting coal companies mine in a roadless area of Colorado’s North Fork Valley.

OSM needs local Colowyo input

RBC I The federal Office of Surface Mining is seeking public comment regarding the possible closing of the Colowyo Coal Mine nears Craig, which employs roughly 200 employees in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

U.S. Supreme Court deals major setback to environmentalists on power plant emissions

RBC I The United States Supreme Court two weeks ago dealt a setback to one of the biggest environmental actions of the Obama administration, a rule designed to slash mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.

New federal judge rules climate impacts must be considered

RBC I The Colorado coal industry has been bristling for two weeks, following the second ruling by a federal judge in Denver calling for climate impacts to be included in assessments of mining endeavors.

RBC, Moffat meet on Colowyo

RBC I A community meeting related to Craig and Meeker will be held June 3 in Craig, involving officials from Rio Blanco and Moffat counties to discuss the situation surrounding the Colowyo Mine.

Judge rules against Colowyo, Trapper mines; 120-day window set

RBC I A federal judge ruled Friday that expansions of two Western Slope coal mines approved nearly a decade ago failed to adhere to federal law and consider potential environmental impacts. Judge R. Brooke Jackson said that 2006 and 2007 expansions of the Western Slope’s Colowyo and Trapper mines, which have provided coal to the […]