Notice of Mine Permit Application - Bentonite Performance Minerals, LLC
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - The Bentonite Performance Minerals, LLC of Colony, WY has applied for a mining permit from the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality for the State of Wyoming.
The mining permit area for the mining of bentonite will be located in: The east half (E2) of section 24 within Township 41 north, Range, 61 west and the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter (NW4NE4) of section 30 and the south half (S2), the west half of the northwest quarter (W2NW4), the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter (SE4NW4), the south half of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter (S2NE4NW4), the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter (SW4NE4) and the south half of the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter (S2NW4NE4) of section 19 within Township 41 north, Range 60 west all within Weston County, Wyoming.
The Lucky Strike permit area is approximately 1.85 miles south of the intersection between Dewey Road and Old Highway 85. The proposed operation is scheduled to begin July of 2022 and is estimated to continue until 2037.
Information regarding this application may be reviewed in the Office of the Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality in Cheyenne and Sheridan or the Weston County Clerk’s Office, Newcastle, Wyoming. Written objections to the proposed mining operation must be received by the Administrator of the Land Quality Division, Department of Environmental Quality, 200 W. 17th Street, Suite 10, Cheyenne, WY 82002 before the close of business August 7th, 2021. Objections may also be submitted by the same deadline via the Land Quality Division’s electronic comment portal at http://lq.wyomingdeq.commentinput.com/.
The Director shall issue a final written decision on the application within thirty days after the deadline to file objections. The applicant or objector may appeal the Director’s written decision to the Environmental Quality Council (EQC). If a hearing is held, the EQC shall issue findings of fact and a decision within sixty days after the final hearing.
The hearing shall be conducted as a contested case in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act (W.S. §16-3-101 through §16-3-115), and the right of judicial review shall be afforded as provided in that Act. All parties as given in W.S. §35-11-406(j) will be mailed a copy of this notice. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will be mailed a copy of the application mine plan map as required in W.S. §35-11-406(j).
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