Zoning okays Coyote Creek mining ops
By Chris Erickson
Coyote Creek Mine is one step closer to starting operations after finding approval last week from the Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Donn Steffan and Sarah Flath, both of Coyote Creek, were on hand to provide information and answer questions the commission had concerning the mine. The specific application being reviewed at the meeting concerned surface mining and related activities. The conditional use permit would include 8,007.27 acres located approximately southwest of Coyote Station. The northern edge of the mine is located approximately six miles south of Zap and the eastern edge about four miles west of Highway 49.
Steffan said that work had been underway at the site for some time, with focus on construction of the dragline and prep work for a shop and office.
“This piece today is the remaining 8,000 acres that is the main mine area,” Steffan said.
Steffan again explained the scope and magnitude of the mining process, including which roads would be affected and which neighbors bordered the mine. He added that another application would come back to the zoning commission later this year.