September 12, 2017 - The Bridger Coal Company in Wyoming submitted a coal exploration license application to obtain coal structural and quality information on about 1,560 acres of public land northwest of the Jim Bridger Power Plant. The license would be for a two-year term.
“Note that at this time, no coal is being developed or proposed for development,” a BLM press release states. “Before issuing an exploration license, the BLM must complete an appropriate environmental document analyzing the exploration plan submitted by the proponent.”
The public will later be given opportunities to give feedback.
The Bureau of Land Management requires a notice to invitation to participate in a coal exploration license application be published in the Federal Register. Anyone electing to participate in the exploration program on an equal basis must send written notice to the BLM and Bridger Coal Company by Oct. 1 to BLM Wyoming State Office, Branch of Solid Minerals, Attn: Jackie Madson, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, WY, 82003; and Bridger Coal Company, care of Interwest Mining Company, Attn: Scott M. Child, 1407 W. North Temple, No. 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.
Copies of the exploration plan will be available for review during normal business hours at BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, and BLM Rock Springs Field Office, 280 U.S. Highway 191 N., Rock Springs. For more information, visit www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and-minerals/coal/land-use-planning/coal-exploration-licenses or contact Madson at 307-775-6258.