“We are disappointed in this decision, and are reviewing our options. Time has not stood still, and in the two years since the Environmental Quality Council and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s decision regarding the deficient coal mine permit, the process has been moving forward with further rounds of review. And in these two years, the Brook Mine permit has yet to be found complete. Powder River has remained engaged with DEQ throughout this process, and we remain committed to ensuring that the deficiencies in Ramaco’s coal mine permit regarding groundwater and hydrology, subsidence, and blasting are thoroughly addressed and that landowners and the Tongue River Valley are protected.”
- Joan Tellez is a landowner in the Tongue River Valley whose family has been a fixture in the valley for five generations. She is a neighbor to the proposed Brook Mine. She also serves on the Powder River Resource Council Board of Directors.