Gardner, Tipton Urge Secretary Jewell to Finalize Trapper Mine Environmental Assessment

Washington, DC – Sen. Cory Gardner (CO-R), and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3) today sent a letter to United States Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell urging her to finalize the Trapper Mine Environmental Assessment before the April 30, 2016 deadline. 

The letter reads in full:

Dear Secretary Jewell:

We write today to urge a timely review and approval of the Proposed Action and Mine Plan at the Trapper Mine in Craig, Colorado. We are encouraged by the progress being made on the Environmental Assessment (EA) and reiterate the importance of ensuring the process meets the prescribed timeline. 

Coal fills a vital role in Colorado’s electric generation portfolio, currently accounting for 60 percent of the state’s total generation.  The Trapper Mine specifically provides about 50 percent of the total fuel for the Craig Power Generating Station, which is a critical regional electric generation unit.  Both the mine and the power station are crucial to Northwest Colorado’s economic viability, as they are two of the region’s largest employers and contributors of revenues to state and local coffers.  Further, the Trapper Mine has an outstanding track record for reclamation and preventing offsite impacts.

The recommended course of action from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). We believe a thoughtful and detailed analysis of the Trapper Mine and its impacts has occurred through this EA process, and urge you to finalize the EA on or before the deadline of April 30, 2016.  

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our offices.