Coyote Creek receives county approval
By Chris Erickson
The newest mine south of Beulah is one step closer to becoming fully operational now that it’s received further approval from the Mercer County Commission.
The approval for surface coal mining operations came at last week’s commission meeting as one of many applications required by either county or state entities. Engineering/Environmental Manager Donn Steffen briefed the commissioners on the latest permit, which was directly for surface coal mining.
Steffen stated that another permit had been under review by the Public Service Commission since last year, and he expected it would be there until late September or early October. While that was under review other work was underway.
“The dragline is 100 percent mobilized,” Steffen said. “Construction will begin very soon on the shop and office complex. There are eight surface owners in this area.”
A third permit area would likely come before the county commission around January. That specific area would lead from the 8,000 acre site to the Coyote Station facility and serve as the haul road route. Steffen said that the mine haul road would be at-grade with county road intersections in that area.