October 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stuart Sanderson
CMA APPLAUDS TRAPPER’S EXEMPLARY ACHIEVEMENTS – URGES FEDERAL AGENCY TO KEEP MINE OPEN
Stuart Sanderson, President of the Colorado Mining Association (CMA) praised Trapper Mining’s environmental record in comments to the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) today. “CMA urges you to consider the exemplary record of the Trapper Mine when conducting the … Environmental Assessment,” Sanderson stated. CMA also urges the agency to find, as it did with respect to the Colowyo Mine, that the approval of the modified mine plan will result in no significant impact to the environment or the earth’s climate.
“The company’s leadership role in environmental protection, community involvement, economic stability, and its importance as a source of affordable energy to numerous rural electric cooperatives cannot be overstated,” he continued. Sanderson went on to cite the mine’s awards for environmental work including an award issued by OSM itself honoring the mine as one of the three top examples of reclamation in the history of the Surface Mining Reclamation Control Act. The agency chose Trapper from 1,400 mines nominated.
Trapper employs nearly 200 people at its mine in Northwest Colorado, in 2014 paying more than $22 million in wages and benefits for its employees. A mainstay of the economy in Moffat County, in that same year Trapper purchased nearly $30 million in products and services, much of that spent in the local community.
OSM kicked off its public outreach efforts at an open-house in Craig, Colorado as part of a court-ordered review of Trapper’s modified mining plan. Despite OSM’s previous approval of the mine plan, an environmental group challenged the agency’s action citing the need to re-evaluate the plan’s impact on climate. “It is apparent that the amount of coal produced from the Trapper Mine will have no measurable impact on climate or on carbon emissions worldwide,” he added.
CMA urges its members and all who support clean affordable energy to file comments on the Environmental Assessment, which will be accepted until November 12. Go to www.standwithtrapper.com to file comments.
The Colorado Mining Association is a trade association established in 1876 and incorporated in 1897. Its 1,000 members include individuals and companies that explore for, mine and refine coal, metals, oil shale and industrial minerals, firms that manufacture and distribute mining and mineral processing equipment and supplies; and other entities providing services and supplies to the mineral industry. The CMA, headquartered in Denver, serves as a spokesman for the mining industry in Colorado.