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Dry Fork Mine, Amendment 3 Mining Plan Modification Environmental Assessment


The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is seeking public scoping comments regarding the preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) that will analyze potential impacts from mining 58.1 million tons of Federal coal to Western Fuels Wyoming, Inc. within the revised permit boundary of the existing Dry Fork Mine in Campbell County, Wyoming. Western Fuels proposes to disturb approximately 640 acres of Federal coal lease WYW-0311810 extending the life of the mine by approximately 9.7 years from 2054 to 2064. There would be no increase in the annual average production of coal at Dry Fork 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. Comments will be accepted through April 22, 2019.

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 modification.

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 mining plan modification as required under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920.


You are invited to direct your comments on the scope of the EA by mail and email to:

ATTN: Dry Fork Amendment 3 EA
C/O: Logan Sholar
Western Region Office
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
1999 Broadway, Suite 3320
Denver, CO 80202


All comments must be received or postmarked by April 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

All media inquiries should be directed to:

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

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