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.
The completed EA analyzes the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts to the environment from the Project. As a result of the EA process, OSMRE determined there are no significant environmental impacts and has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The ASLM has reviewed OSMRE's recommendation and approved the mining plan modification, in accordance with the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920.