Coal plan utilizes roadless exception

Comment period now open on West Elk expansion

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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