A company is proposing to lease over 14,000 acres for coal mining near the border of Garfield and Mesa Counties, and a public comment period goes until March 12, 2014.
CAM-Colorado, LLC applied to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), asking them to consider leasing the Book Cliffs Tract. If the BLM decides to make lands available for leasing, the agency says it “would be offered through a future open competitive sale”. The proposed Book Cliffs Tract is estimated to contain approximately 78 million tons of in-place federal coal. Construction of a new mine would be required to access the coal, and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be required. Click here and here to learn more about the proposal.
Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction Field Office
Attn: Christina Stark
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
These minerals and lands are publicly owned! You’ve got an important voice in the federal decision-making process,even if you live in Maine or Manitou Springs. Coal is a significant contributor to global climate change and regional air pollution, so this Colorado decision could have broader implications. Also, there’s a chance that Colorado coal could go to Asian markets — a scenario playing-out in other parts of the country.