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Arch Coal Closer to Expanding Mine in Colorado Roadless Area

Sept. 11, 2017, 4:41 PM

Arch Coal is one step closer to expanding its coal mine in a roadless area of western Colorado following a U.S. Forest Service draft decision.

Environmentalists, however, will continue to fight against the proposal for the West Elk Coal Mine near Somerset., Colo., to expand by 1,720 acres and mine an additional 17 million tons of coal, Jeremy Nichols, climate and energy coordinator for WildEarth Guardians in Denver, told Bloomberg BNA Sept. 11.

The Arch Coal Inc. mine in 2016 produced 4 million tons of coal. It is on national forest land in the Sunset Colorado Roadless Area ...