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Jan 08, 2013


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Kristi Ponozzo
Director's Office


Otter Creek Mine Project Public Meeting in Lame Deer Moved to New Location


HELENA - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) are holding public scoping meetings to accept comments on the proposed Otter Creek Coal, LLC - Otter Creek Coal Mine project located approximately five miles southeast of Ashland, Montana.

The meeting in Lame Deer, originally scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 17 at the Charging Horse Casino has been moved to the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Office on Little Coyote Drive. The meeting is from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The public scoping period for the project began January 3, 2013 and will end February 4, 2013. The purpose of the scoping process is to provide information about the proposed development and to identify concerns and issues the public may have concerning the project. Comments received from the public will be used to establish the scope of an environmental impact statement that DEQ will prepare to disclose the potential direct, secondary and cumulative impacts of the proposed Otter Creek Coal Mine.

The following are the times and locations for the 2 other scoping meetings:
• Broadus, Montana – Community Center; January 16, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM • Ashland, Montana – St Labre School; January 17, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Otter Creek Coal has submitted an operating permit application to conduct strip mining of the coal deposit at the proposed Otter Creek Coal Mine in Powder River County. The proposed mine operation would also include access roads, facilities, equipment staging, operational areas, and a railroad loop. The proposed mine area is located between Ashland and Broadus and is accessed by U.S. Highway 212 and Montana Route 484.

Scoping comments must be received by Monday February 4, 2013. Written comments should be submitted to Kristi Ponozzo; DEQ Director’s Office, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901. Comments may also be emailed to For more information about coal permitting visit the DEQ website at

The DEQ is an equal opportunity program and will make reasonable accommodations for persons who are not English speakers or persons with a disability that may interfere with their ability to participate in the scoping meetings or public comment process. If you require an accommodation, please contact Kristi Ponozzo at 406-444-2813 or by Thursday, January 10.

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