February 18, 2011
Trapper Mining Inc. intends to conduct blasting operations during the one-year period commencing March 2011, at its Trapper Mine surface coal operations in Moffat County, Colorado.
The blasting program will be conducted within the following areas:
Flintlock Pit NE¼ and SE¼, Section 36, T6N, R91W, and NE¼, Section 1, T5N, R91W, and NW¼ and SW¼ Section 31, T6N, R90W, and NW¼, Section 6, T5N, R90W
K-Strike Pit NE¼ and SE¼ Section 6, and NW¼ and SW¼, Section 5, T5N, R90W, and SE¼ Section 31, and SW¼ Section 32, T6N, R90W
Z-Dip Pit SE¼, Section 31, T6N, R90W, and NE¼, Section 6, T5N, R90W
The blasting program will be conducted daily between sunrise and sunset. Orange cones and/or 30″ red and white octagon signs stating “Keep Out-Stop-Blasting Area” will identify all active blast patterns. In addition, guards will be placed at all major roadways that access the blast area at least 10 minutes prior to detonation and remain in place until the all-clear signal.
The audible warnings prior to all blasts will be:
Five (5) long siren signals at 5 minutes.
Twenty (20) short siren signals at 3 minutes.
Steady electric siren at 2 minutes.
Tone change electric siren at 30 seconds. The all-clear signal will be one long siren of 20 seconds in duration.
Emergency situations may require that blasts be conducted other than during daylight hours. Possible situations include:
- Elimination of misfires.
- Adverse weather conditions.
- Equipment failures or shutdowns.
- Safety-related reasons.
Trapper Mining Inc.’s general office is located at mine headquarters 6½ miles south of Craig, Colorado on State Highway 13. The mailing address for Trapper Mine is: Jim Mattern, President and General Manager, P.O. Box 187, Craig CO 81626.
Published in The Craig Daily Press
Publication Date: February 17, 2011