Craig briefs: Trapper Mine comment period begins Thursday
October 28, 2015
Trapper Mine comment period begins ThursdayTrapper Mine comment period begins Thursday
Trapper Mine comment period begins Thursday
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement will begin the 30-day public comment period on Trapper Mine's environmental assessment with a community outreach meeting Thursday.
The open-house meeting will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 640 E Victory Way, and offer displays and handouts explaining the status of the project.
Representatives from OSMRE and Trapper Mining, Inc. will be present to explain the National Environmental Policy Act and answer questions on the process. In addition, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has confirmed she will make an appearance at the meeting.
After gaining knowledge of the situation, attendees will have the opportunity to write comments on the environmental assessment for OSMRE to consider while drafting.
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Chris Holmes, public affairs specialist for OSMRE, said all comments are accepted but substantive ones are the most useful.
"The comments that we look for are those that have carefully examined all the issues, looked at the specific permit that's in question and the revisions," he said. "Substantive comments are what carry the most weight."
In a news release issued Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, said people in the region must not be afraid to state their case.
"I strongly encourage the people of Northwest Colorado to participate and make sure their voices are heard. It was this community's vocal support for the Colowyo that prevented it from being shut down, and the same effort is needed for the Trapper mine," said Tipton. "I strongly urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to take into consideration the community's comments on the Trapper Mine, and ensure this scoping process isn't treated as a mere formality."
For information and to find out how to submit your comment, visit wrcc.osmre.gov/init
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