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Sep 23, 2013


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Lisa Peterson
Director's Office


Comment Period on Bull Mountain Coal Permit Expansion Extended


Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period for an application by Signal Peak Energy, LLC, to amend its operating permit for Bull Mountain Coal Mine # 1 in Roundup, Mont. The comment period will end on Monday, September 30, 2013.

Signal Peak submitted Permit Application No. 3 on October 5, 2012. The company is proposing to increase the area of its mine permit for the underground coal mine by adding 7,161 acres and expanding the mine from five longwall panels to 14 longwall panels. The application includes approximately 20 acres of new surface disturbance and is a continuance of current mining activities.

The DEQ determined that the application was complete on December 14, 2012 and acceptable on September 3, 2013.

Comments should be submitted to or mailed to Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Coal and Uranium Program, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901.

The application can be downloaded to view at The application is a very large file so it has been zipped and a link has been provided to a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site. The application can also be viewed at the DEQ office in Helena at 2001 11th Avenue, and in Billings at 1371 Rimtop Drive.

For more information, contact Robert Smith, DEQ Coal and Uranium Program at 406-444-7444 or by email at

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