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New Elk Coal Hopes to Expand in Trinidad

Coal News - Published on Fri, 12 Jul 2019

Image Source: The Pueblo Chieftain reported that the US Bureau of Land Management is set to host a public hearing at 6 pm July 24 to allow input on a draft environmental assessment delving into a proposed lease application that would expand the New Elk Coal Mine. The meeting will run 6 to 8 pm at the Mount Carmel Center, 911 Robinson Ave. The proposed lease involves 1,279 acres of private land underneath which there is about 8 million tons of federally-regulated recoverable coal.

Marie Lawrence of the BLM news released said that the coal is metallurgical quality coal typically used for steel manufacturing. If approved, this lease would allow New Elk Coal Co. to access federally owned coal from its current facilities at the site of the existing New Elk Coal Mine. The coal would be mined by underground mining methods with no surface disturbance.

Access to this coal is anticipated to extend the longevity of the mine by five years once New Elk resumes coal mining operations.

At peak production levels, the New Elk Mine would employ up to 175 people, Lawrence reported.

Keith Berger, BLM Royal Gorge field office manager, said that “The BLM supports working landscapes across the West through multiple-use programs like coal. We welcome diverse views and look forward to hearing from the public.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 12 Jul 2019
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