Coal plan utilizes roadless exception
By Alan Wartes
Arch Coal’s controversial plan to expand mining operations at the West Elk Mine in northern Gunnison County took a step forward last week. The U.S. Forest Service — along with cooperating agencies, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety — released a supplemental draft environmental impact statement which evaluates the proposal’s impacts and makes recommendations.
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