Wyoming regulators rejected a permit application for what could become the leading coal state’s first new mine in decades.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality this week reversed its previous decision to approve the application filed by Ramaco Resources Inc. for the Brook mine near Sheridan.
Kentucky-based Ramaco has big plans for the Brook mine to supply coal for a proposed research park specializing in turning coal into carbon fiber for manufacturing cars (Greenwire, July 31).
After a lengthy review, the council identified “procedural and substantive deficiencies” with the permit application when it came to impacts like hydrology, subsidence and blasting. Based on that evidence, Wyoming DEQ denied the permit, ordering Ramaco to fix the issues raised.
“Obviously there is still a door open for [Ramaco] to review these deficiencies, but that is up to them,” agency spokesman Keith Guille told the Casper Star-Tribune. “They can resubmit it, and we have to review that and make sure that it meets, for us, completion.”
Ramaco CEO Randall Atkins said the company was disappointed but plans to get to work quickly to fix those issues.
“We continue to strongly believe in all aspects of this project and what it can do for economic enhancement and job opportunities in Sheridan County, the state of Wyoming, and for the future of energy and manufacturing technology that can be developed within the coal industry,” he said, “while protecting Wyoming’s land, water and air resources.”
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