OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

Graphic of trees and lake scenery.

For More Information:

Logan Sholar
Project Manager
(303)293-5036
lsholar@osmre.gov

Contact OSMRE

A
A
A

Caballo West Tract New Mining Plan Environmental Assessment

About the Project

The OSMRE Western Region website was inaccessible from late December, 2018 through January, 2019 due to the government shutdown. Therefore, OSMRE is extending the scoping period for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Caballo Mine West Tract new Federal mining plan for an additional 15 days. Scoping comments will be accepted from February 7, 2019 to February 22, 2019.

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) are seeking public scoping comments regarding the preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) that will analyze potential impacts from mining 1,024 acres of federal coal to Peabody Caballo Mining, LLC within the current permit boundary of the existing Caballo Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming. Peabody proposes to mine 98.6 million tons of coal from the Federal coal lease WYW-172657 extending the life of the mine by approximately 8.9 years from 2042 to 2051. There would be no increase in the annual average production of coal at Caballo Mine as a result of the proposed project.

The purpose of the public scoping process is to obtain feedback on relevant issues that may influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the environmental assessment.

The OSMRE will review the proposed mining plan to mine the leased federal coal and provide the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management (ASLM) a recommendation to approve, approve with conditions or disapprove the mining plan. The ASLM will decide to approve, approve with conditions or disapprove the mining plan.

The EA will update, clarify, and provide new and additional environmental information for the Project. As a result of the EA process, OSMRE will determine whether or not there are significant environmental impacts. An environmental impact statement will be prepared if the EA identifies significant impacts. If a finding of no significant impact is reached, and pursuant to 30 CFR 746.13, OSMRE will prepare and submit to the ASLM a mining plan decision document recommending approval, disapproval, or conditional approval of the mining plan. The ASLM will approve, disapprove, or conditionally approve the new mining plan as required under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920.

Contact

You are invited to direct your comments on the scope of the EA by mail and email to: ATTN: Caballo West Tract EA
C/O: Logan Sholar
Western Region Office
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
1999 Broadway, Suite 3320
Denver, CO 80202-3050

Email: OSM-NEPA-WY@OSMRE.gov .

All comments must be received or postmarked by February 22, 2019 to be considered. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – will be publicly available. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be available for public review to the extent consistent with applicable law.

Additional information regarding this Project may be obtained from Logan Sholar at (303) 293-5036 or lsholar@osmre.gov.

All media inquires should be directed to:

Chris Holmes
Public Affairs Specialist
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
U.S. Department of the Interior
cholmes@osmre.gov
Telephone: (202)208-7941

Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 2/5/19

Western Region OSMRE, 1999 Broadway St., Suite 3320, Denver, CO 80202-3050
(303) 293-5000 | TTY: (202) 208-2694 | Email: osm-wrWeb@osmre.gov

Accessibility | Disclaimer | FOIA | No Fear | Notices | Privacy | DOI | USA.gov