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May 13, 2013


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Steve Opp


DEQ to Present Information about Potential Surface Settlement due to Historic Coal Mining at Red Lodge, Montana


Red Lodge - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program, in conjunction with the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, will conduct a public meeting to present information about historic coal mining in Red Lodge, Montana and potential surface settlement due to the historic mines. Surface settlement can occur when underground mining creates voids, causing the ground above it to settle or subside. Field investigations will be conducted to determine if surface settlement is occurring and this meeting will also cover what the public can expect during investigation activities.

The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 pm at the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum located at 224 N. Broadway, Red Lodge. The public is encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to ask questions. This event is free.

Historic coal mining occurred in Red Lodge from the late 1880s through the early 1930s with as many as four separate coal seams mined beneath the town. The DEQ AML Program has received several inquiries related to possible surface settlement that may be associated with the historic coal mines. To determine if settlement from the historic mines is occurring, DEQ plans to conduct an intensive field investigation during summer/fall 2013. Funding for the project is provided through a grant from the Federal Office of Surface Mining Control, Reclamation and Enforcement.

The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Jeni Garcin at (406) 841-5016 or For more information or questions about the project, contact Steve Opp at (406) 841-5030,, or DEQ Remediation Division, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901.

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