A permit to allow Croell Redi-Mix, Inc. to operate a gravel mine at a 320-acre site they call the “Shell Creek Pit,” has had objections filed against it with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Croell Redi-Mix, of Sundance, filed for their mining permit earlier this year to begin operations this month and continue through 2023.
Written objections to the proposed mining operation need to be filed before the close of business Monday, June 11 to facilitate a public hearing on the matter, but numerous objections have already been filed, including one from Troy and Hanna Ehrmantraut, whose home is within 1/3 of a mile from the mine, and within 60 feet of the haul road from the mine.
Ehrmantraut said he has no problem with people doing whatever they want with the private property, unless it affects someone else in a negative manner.
He said there is a gravel mine just north of him that has used the same haul road for roughly 10 years, but it currently is in reclamation. He was pleased when it went into reclamation because it meant the Jake brakes at 6 in the morning and the dust and noise were finally over.
So he thought until this permit was filed.
Although he would like to see no more mining on the site, if the permit is approved, Ehrmantraut expects the work to be carried out responsibly.
A public hearing on the proposed permit has been planned but not scheduled at this time.