Permit Revision PR-03 to the existing Colowyo Coal Mine, Permit C-81-019

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given of the filing of Permit Revision PR-03 to the existing Colowyo Coal Mine, Permit C-81-019, by Colowyo Coal Company, L.P., 5731 State Highway 13, in Meeker, Colorado 81641, with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (CDRMS), Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, in Denver, Colorado. The request for a Permit Revision is to provide for the mining and reclamation of a portion of the 16,833.24 acres of land newly identified in the permit revision (referred to as Collom) and contained adjacent to and south and west of the previously approved permit area.

The revised Colowyo permit boundary including the additional area includes all or portions of Township 3 North Range 94 West of the 6th P.M. Sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, and 23 and Township 4 North, Range 94 West of the 6th P.M. Sections 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, and 36 and Township 3 North Range 93 West of the 6th P.M. Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, and 30 and Township 4 North Range 93 West of the 6th P.M. Sections 7, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34. See Exhibit 1, Item 13 for a more detailed permit boundary description.

Lands to be affected by this permit revision are owned or leased by Colowyo Coal Company, or have a right-of-way conveyed to access surface facilities. Colowyo is in the process of obtaining the mineral leases and right-of-way agreements for federal and state administered surface and subsurface ownership through the Bureau of Land Management and State of Colorado.

The Collom permit expansion area is located approximately 22 miles north of Meeker, Colorado to the west of Colorado Highway 13/789 in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, Colorado. The permit expansion area can be located on U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle Map Nos. N4015-W10745/7.5 (Axial, Colorado), N4007.5-W10745/7.5 (Ninemile Gap, Colorado), 40107- C8-TF-024 (Easton Gulch, Colorado) and N4007.5-W10752.5/7.5 (Devils Hole Gulch, Colorado). The area being added under this permit revision encompasses 16,833.24 acres bringing the total permitted acreage at the Colowyo Mine to 29,084.20 acres. The Collom mining area within the permit revision will include a total disturbed area of 2,244.22 acres. Structure and function of the mining operation and on site satellite facilities supporting mining operations will be similar to the current mine. As mining operations wind down in the West Pit and South Taylor Pit in the existing operation, the majority of equipment and personnel resources will transition to the Collom area for continuing coal production. This transition will facilitate the final reclamation and bond release of existing operations without interrupting coal shipments to

Colowyo's customers.

A copy of the application for the Permit Revision is on file at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Moffat County Courthouse at 221 W. Victory Way Suite 200 in Craig, Colorado. A copy of the application is also on file at the Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder's Office in the Rio Blanco County Courthouse at 555 Main Street in Meeker, Colorado.

Comments concerning this Permit Revision should be addressed to the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, Denver, Colorado 80203 no later than 30 days from the date of this publication.

Published in The Craig Daily Press

First Publication: January 17,2011

Final Publication: February 7, 2011

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Published in The Craig Daily Press First Publication: January 17,2011 Final Publication: February 7, 2011

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