Local Mining Company Recognized for Reclamation Efforts

Cloud Peak Energy, the company that owns and operates the Spring Creek Coal Mine north of Sheridan, was recognized recently for successful reclamation efforts.

According to a report published in the online Business Wire, the company's Cordero Rojo Mine, located in northeastern Wyoming, received approval recently for final, phase three bond release on more than 900 acres of permanently reclaimed land from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

The company currently has more than 10,000 acres being reclaimed across its three mines to a condition as good as, or better than, pre-mining in compliance with rigorous federal and state standards. David Schwend, who is the manager of the Spring Creek Mine which is located across the border into Montana, talked about the mining process used and the changes in reclamation regulations during a recent public presentation.

Attaining this final bond release for the Cordero Rojo Mine is considered the ultimate demonstration of successful completion of land rehabilitation requirements. According to the report, there are three phases of reclamation bond release in Wyoming that take many years to complete. Lands must be reclaimed for a minimum of 10 years before the third and final bond release can be granted. To achieve final bond release, Cordero Rojo's reclaimed lands were restored to grazing and wildlife uses and have been actively grazed in partnership with adjacent landowners.

Cloud Peak Energy is headquartered in Wyoming and is one of the largest U.S. coal producers and the only pure-play Powder River Basin coal company. The company mines low sulfur, sub-bituminous coal through its three surface coal mines in the Powder River Basin, which along with the Cordero Rojo and Spring Creek, includes The Antelope mine in Wyoming.

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