The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality hosted a public meeting to gather comments from citizens of Johnson County regarding a proposed gravel mine near the bottom of Crazy Woman Canyon south of Buffalo.
Chad Schlictemeier, NSR Program Supervisor from Cheyenne, and Tanner Shatto, Air Quality Engineer with the Sheridan DEQ Office were in charge of the meeting.
Public sentiment at the meeting was overwhelmingly against the gravel mine.
Buffalo attorney Tim Kirven, who is representing a number of landowners in the area of the proposed mine, informed Schlictemeier that he had filed a motion for continuance earlier in the day to keep the meeting from being closed after the public comment period was over. Kirven explains why.
Concerns raised by those in attendance were the proximity of the mine to their homes; air, water and noise pollution; health concerns for humans, livestock and wildlife; and the damage dust could cause to crops and other vegetation in the area. In the end, the meeting was closed after the public comment period.
Kirven was asked what happens next in the process.
No other formal meetings have been scheduled at this time.