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Driscoll, Paul

DEQ Extends Public Comment for Proposed Transport Corridor

HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the establishment of a haul road that would connect the Spring Creek Mine, located near Decker, MT, with the Youngs Creek Mine in Wyoming. The haul road would add an approximately 4,334 acres to Spring Creek Mine’s  current operating permit for the transportation corridor.  The public comment period has been extended to Aug. 16, 2018.


A public meeting was held in Hardin on Tuesday, July 17, 2018  at the Big Horn County Extension Office in the LBH Center, 317 N. Custer Ave. 


Comments received will be considered for, and responded to in, the Final EIS . The Draft EIS has been posted on DEQ’s website at


Spring Creek Coal is proposing construction and operation of a haul road and associated supporting facilities, as well as an above-ground powerline within the transportation corridor. The proposed haul road extends for approximately nine miles in Montana and is located on surface owned by Cloud Peak Energy, except for the crossing of one parcel of State of Montana School Trust land. This proposed amendment by Spring Creek Coal does not expand mining in additional areas or add additional tons of coal reserves to the mine plan.


The EIS evaluates the environmental impacts resulting from the project. The EIS analyzes in detail the No Action Alternative, and the Agency Modified Alternative.


Comments on the Draft EIS must be received by Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.  Comments may be submitted using the DEQ Public Comment Portal at:


Written comments may also be submitted to the following address: 


Craig Jones

Department of Environmental Quality

P.O. Box 200901

Helena, MT 59601


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