More coal? West Antelope III Expansion to be debated

The Powder River Regional Coal Team will meet Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at 9 a.m. at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission hearing room, 2211 King Blvd., Casper, Wyoming to review current and proposed activities in the Powder River Coal Production Region of Wyoming and Montana, including pending coal lease applications. The meeting is open to the public. The RCT consists of the Wyoming and Montana governors and BLM state directors and the BLM Wyoming deputy state director of minerals and lands. There are also a number of members from other federal and state agencies, county governments and Native American tribes. Topics for the meeting include, but are not limited to: coal activity; a coal inventory presentation; an update on BLM land use planning efforts; and a discussion updating the data adequacy standards for the Powder River Coal Region. The RCT will also consider and vote on processing the West Antelope III Tract Lease by Application, filed by Antelope Coal LLC, and the Decker South Extension Tract Lease by Application, filed by Lighthouse Resources Inc. A public a comment period will take place after all other agenda items are concluded. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. If there are no members of the public interested in speaking, the meeting will be adjourned. The public may submit written comments to the RCT by mailing the State Director (922), BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009. Written comments must be received by Jan. 13, 2016. For more information, contact Wendi Stephens, BLM Wyoming regional coal coordinator, at 307-775-6206, or Greg Fesko, BLM Montana regional coal coordinator, at 406-896-5080. *Feature Image: Coal (from file: shutterstock_86238604 / Pitchengine Communities) * #county17 #oilcity #news