About the Project
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), Western Region Office, has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for a Federal Mining Plan Modification for Dry Fork Mine Federal Coal Leases WYW-0271200 and WYW-0271201 (the Project). OSMRE prepared the EA to evaluate the environmental impacts resulting from the proposed mining plan modification for Federal Coal Leases WYW-0271200 and WYW-0271201, pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
The Dry Fork Mine is located approximately 4.5 miles north of Gillette, WY and is operated by Western Fuels Wyoming (WFW). WFW proposes to add 364.5 federal surface acres and 32 million tons of federal coal to the approved Federal Mining Plan. The proposed mining plan modification will not change the average production rate of 6 million tons per year or the maximum production rate of 15 million tons per year for the life of the surface mining operation. This mining plan modification would extend the life of the mine by approximately 5.3 years, concluding in 2053.
TThe EA analyzes the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts to the environment from the Project. Through the EA process, OSMRE determined there are no significant environmental impacts. An environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared if the EA identifies significant impacts. OSMRE will prepare and submit to the ASLM a mining plan decision document recommending approval, disapproval, or conditional approval of the mining plan. The OSMRE Director will make a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management (ASLM) on the Federal Mining Plan Modification, and the ASLM will approve, approve with conditions, or disapprove the Federal Mining Plan Modification as required under the MLA.