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Gov. Hickenlooper address Secretary of the Interior

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has joined Sen. Cory Gardner, Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Scott Tipton in addressing the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell regarding the situation at Colowyo Mine.

In his letter, the governor urged Jewell to do "everything possible" to prevent mining operations at Colowyo from being halted, eliminating 220 jobs and creating economic hardship for Northwest Colorado.

"We have expressed our concerns to (the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement) about these impacts and pledged to play whatever role we can to minimize them, including participation as a cooperating agency in OSMRE's supplemental environmental review," Hickenlooper wrote. "Given the importance of this mine to the economies of the region, I ask that you do everything possible to respond to the judge's order and remedy the situation as expeditiously as possible."

Like the three congressmen, Hickenlooper also encouraged Jewell to consider appealing the judge's ruling.

"In addition, we encourage you and OMSRE to appeal the decision if appropriate, given the potential adverse impacts on mines in Colorado and other federal permitting decisions."

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