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Jan 28, 2013


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Kristi Ponozzo
Director's Office


Otter Creek Mine Project Public Comment Period Extended to March 6, 2013


HELENA - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the time for members of the public to submit comments on the proposed Otter Creek Coal, LLC - Otter Creek Coal Mine Project for thirty days, or until Wednesday March 6, 2013.

The public scoping period for the project began on January 3, 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 about the project. DEQ will use the comments received from the public to establish the scope of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the potential direct, secondary and cumulative impacts of the proposed Otter Creek Coal Mine.

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.

The Otter Creek Coal Project permit application is available on the DEQ website at A hard copy of the application is available at the public library in Broadus, the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Office in Lame Deer and at the Ashland Community Clinic in Ashland.

Scoping comments must be received by Wednesday March 6, 2013. Written comments should be mailed 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 public comment process. If you require an accommodation, please contact Kristi Ponozzo at 406-444-2813 or

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