History of Coal Exploration in the Alton Coal Field
1965 -- Federal coal leases acquired by Nevada
Electric Investment Company (NEICO).
1980 -- Allen-Warner Valley Energy Project constructs
Warner Valley Station and Harry Allen power stations.
Cecil Andrus (Secretary of the Interior) designates
eastern portion of the NEICO lease area unsuitable
for surface mining and surface impacts from subsurface
mining, western portion remains open for leasing.
Morrison and Knudsen commissioned to evaluate coal
supply alternatives for power plants, including Alton
1981 -- Utah International (UII) commissioned to be
1982 -- UII applied for a Mining Reclamation Plan (MRP) from
Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining (DOGM) and
Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining
Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM).
1987 -- DOGM determines UII’s MRP administratively complete.
Allen-Warner Valley Project is shelved, evaluation
of UII’s MRP halted.
1998 -- By 1998, all of NEICO’s leases reverted back to Federal
2004 -- Alton Coal Development L.L.C. submits a Lease by
Application (LBA) to mine federal coal near Alton, Utah (on
western portion which is open to leasing).
2006 -- Alton Coal Development L.L.C. applies to DOGM for an
MRP to mine fee coal on private lands near Alton, Utah.
Notice of Intent (NOI) by BLM to prepare an EIS for the LBA.