Wyoming Judge Weighs Process Arguments in New Coal Mine Case

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge in Wyoming is considering whether state officials followed a legitimate review process before they rejected a permit application for a new coal mine in Sheridan County.

Laramie County District Judge Catherine Rogers said she will rule later after arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit over the proposed Brook Mine near Sheridan.

Sheridan-based Ramaco Carbon wants the coal to study ways to manufacture carbon-based materials. Local residents worry the mine will cause ground subsidence and deplete groundwater. The state citizen review board called the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council rejected the company's permit application in 2017.

Ramaco argues federal law required that decision to be up to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality director, not the council. A landowners' group, the Powder River Basin Resource Council, argues that state officials followed the right process.


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