David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, 970-947-2832
Feb. 4, 2009


Open house and hearing on Red Cliff Mine Draft EIS Thursday

 GRAND JUNCTION, COLO.--The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public open house and hearing Thursday in Fruita on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Red Cliff Coal Mine Project, which is proposed near Mack, Colo.
The open house will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the City of Fruita Council Chambers, 325 E. Aspen Ave. An informal presentation on the proposal and Draft EIS will be given at 5 p.m. The formal public hearing to accept oral comments on the Draft EIS and fair market value of the coal that could be recovered begins at 6 p.m.
The proposed Red Cliff Mine project area is located approximately 11 miles north of the towns of Mack and Loma, Colo., and 1.5 miles east of Colorado State Highway 139.The mine has been proposed by CAM-Colorado LLC, to provide better access to CAM’s existing coal leases and also for potential future federal coal leases in the same area.
CAM would construct new mine portals and surface facilities, including a 14.5-mile rail line from the mine to the Union Pacific railroad near Mack. The rail line would cross both private and BLM land. 
The Draft EIS analyzes the environmental consequences of development on all of the lands affected, both public and private.  BLM's decision-making authority applies only on the federal lands it manages. Local, state and other federal agencies are involved in the decision making on this proposed project as well.
BLM released the Draft EIS for a 60-day public review and comment last month. The Draft EIS may be viewed online at http://www.blm.gov/rmp/co/redcliffmine/index.htm . It’s also available for public review at BLM offices in Grand Junction and Lakewood and at Grand Junction area public libraries.
 BLM will accept written comments on the Draft EIS throughout the open house and as well as via mail and e-mail through March 17. Instructions on providing comments on the Draft EIS and lease by application are included inside the front cover of the Draft EIS and on the Web site. For more information, contact Glenn Wallace, 303-239-3736, e-mail  glenn_wallace@blm.gov, or by mail to Glenn Wallace, BLM Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215.

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