Regulators seek more information on Otter Creek coal mine proposal – Billings Gazette, April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013

Categories: Coal, News

The Associated Press

Montana environmental regulators are seeking more information on the proposed Otter Creek coal mine after finding deficiencies in the application for the project submitted by Arch Coal, Inc.

Representatives of the Department of Environmental Quality on Monday described the deficiency finding as routine for a new mine application.

St. Louis-based Arch is proposing a mine that would extract up to 20 million tons of coal a year from state-owned and private coal leases south of Ashland.

In a 41-page letter, regulators detailed shortcomings in portions of the company’s application that covered mine operations, reclamation, wildlife and plant studies, and other topics.

DEQ Industrial and Energy Minerals Bureau Chief Ed Coleman says there is no deadline for Arch to respond.


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