FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2015
UPDATE: Court Approves Joint Remedy for Trapper Mining Review, Sets April 30 deadline
CRAIG—Last week, Trapper Mining Inc. announced the filing of a joint proposed remedy to U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson. The proposal was developed by the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper Mining Inc. and WildEarth Guardians.
The court this morning approved the joint remedy. OSM will now have until April 30, 2016, to complete the new and enhanced environmental assessment of Trapper’s federal coal leases and OSM’s 2009 mine-plan modification approval. Trapper Mining and OSM will develop a timeline and plan for the environmental assessment and will keep all stakeholders informed and engaged throughout the process.
Jim Mattern, Trapper Mining’s president and general manager, echoed his comments from last week on hearing the court’s decision:
“We are pleased that Judge Jackson recognized the good-faith efforts by OSM, WildEarth Guardians and Trapper Mining to develop a reasonable process and timeline. We are looking forward to working with OSM to complete its enhanced environmental review and with all stakeholders to fully implement this process. Most importantly, we are pleased that the court’s prompt decision will ensure that mining operations continue at Trapper and that our employees remain on the job.”
ABOUT TRAPPER MINING
Trapper Mining Inc. operates a surface coal-mining operation in Craig, Colorado. Opened in 1977, Trapper produces approximately 2.3 million tons of coal each year and supplies about half of the coal for its only customer, the Craig Generating Station. Trapper Mining is owned by four entities: Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Platte River Power Authority both based in Colorado, Arizona’s Salt River Project and Oregon-based PacifiCorp.
Trapper Mining has more than 180 employees, spanning multiple generations and each with deep roots in the Craig community and the northwestern Colorado region. The company contributes significantly to the Moffat County and Craig community. In 2014, Trapper Mining’s contribution included more than $22 million in wages and benefits for its employees and more than $10 million in local, state and federal taxes and royalties.
Trapper is proud of its commitment to Colorado’s natural environment. Trapper’s nationally recognized stewardship and reclamation efforts include the Bronze Award from the Office of Surface Mining as one of the best three examples of mine reclamation in the United States during the 25-year modern coal mining era—selected from among 1,400 coal mines.