Gardner Denounces Federal Assault on Colowyo Mine

Gardner Denounces

Senator Gardner’s full remarks on the Senate floor can be viewed here.


Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) took to the Senate floor today to discuss the hugely negative impact that the closure of the Colowyo Mine would have on Northwest Colorado’s families and economy.

The mine, located in Moffat County, is threatened by a Federal District Court order determining that the Office of Surface Mining failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act in 2007, when it issued a mine plan approval. Unless the Interior Department prepares a new environmental analysis within the time limitation of 120 days after the court decision, the mine will be forced to close.

Gardner highlighted the over two hundred jobs supported by the mine, as well as the millions in state and federal tax dollars that the mine contributes. He also pointed out that the mine’s closure would raise energy prices not only in Colorado, but also in neighboring states which participate in the energy cooperative which administers the mine.

Gardner also entered into the record several letters from Colorado officials, including Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), and Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), which call on the Interior Department to appeal the Court’s ruling. 

“For a community that’s the size of the town I live in, three thousand people or so, to lose two hundred twenty jobs would be economic catastrophe,” Gardner said.

The text of Senator Gardner’s letter, sent with Congressman Scott Tipton, urging the Interior Department to ensure continued operation of the Colowyo Mine, can be viewed here