EQC Hearing Recessed Until Next Month

EQC Hearing Manager David Bagley. (Photo by Pat Blair)
EQC Hearing Manager David Bagley. (Photo by Pat Blair)

After hearing four hours of testimony Friday, the Environmental Quality Council has recessed its meeting in Sheridan until next month.

Dr. David Bagley, the council's hearing manager, said the council is looking at a June 8 time frame, but the date isn't firm. The EQC held a contested case hearing in Sheridan this week to listen to objections that have been voiced about Ramaco's proposal to operate the Brook Mine, located north of Sheridan.

Bagley said there are still several witnesses to be heard, but the council recessed for the Memorial Day weekend.

Among those who testified Friday was Gillian Malone, a member of the Powder River Basin Resource Council board of directors. In an interview with Sheridan Media after her testimony, Malone said she spoke for both herself and the PRBRC.

She said the PRBRC is concerned about landowner members who live near the mine. State regulations prioritize those who live within a half mile of a mine, but Malone said anyone within even two miles of the Brook Mine will be impacted by subsidence and water issues.

She said mining activities would potentially make subsidence issues worse. Also testifying Friday was Mary Fisher, who along with her husband, David, is a homeowner in the area. The Fishers also have concerns about water and subsidence issues.

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Gillian Malone testifies to council. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Gillian Malone testifies to council. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Part of Friday's audience. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Part of Friday's audience. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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