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Coal Mining in Wyoming. Photo: US Department of Interior.

No new coal? Objections to Wyoming coal mine to be heard

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A state regulatory board plans to consider whether Wyoming’s first major new coal mine in decades should proceed despite the objections of two landowners.

A subsidiary of Lexington, Kentucky-based Ramaco seeks to develop the Brook Mine north of Sheridan. The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council on Wednesday will discuss a possible order allowing Brook Mining Company to go ahead despite opposition.

One landowner, Big Horn Coal, says the Brook Mine would interfere with its own plans to potentially mine in the area. The other landowner, the Padlock Ranch, says the Brook Mine would block the movement of cattle and could destroy a livestock watering system.

Brook Mining Company says it has tried but failed to negotiate with the landowners.

Ramaco recently announced plans to open two new coal mines in Appalachia.


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