Application for Permit Area Reduction,
Post-mining Land Use Change, and
Phase III Bond Release
Star Point Mine
Plateau Mining Corporation
Permit ACT/007/0006, Approved 28 Jan 2007
Notice is hereby given that Plateau Mining Corporation, P.O. Box 30,
Helper, Utah 84526, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., has
filed an application with the Utah Department of Natural Resources,
Division of Oil, Gas and Mining for a reduction in the Permit Area and
change in post-mining land use from wildlife to industrial for a
40-acre parcel and Phase III bond release for an 8-acre parcel
associated with Permit ACT/007/0006. The reduction in the permit area
applies to land comprising the SE/4 SE/4 Sec. 9, T. 15 S., R. 8 E.
The post-mining land use of this parcel will change from a currently
approved wildlife use to an industrial use. The Phase III bond
release applies to 8.0 acres of previously disturbed but subsequently
reclaimed land within the aforementioned parcel. The purpose of this
change is to allow sale of the parcel for oil and gas development on
fee surface within the Drunkards Wash Unit under the provisions of the
Utah Coal Mining and Reclamation Act pursuant to R645-301-413.300 of
the Utah Coal Program Regulations.
The affected lands are located in Carbon County and can be found on
the Wattis U.S. Geological Survey 7.5 minute quadrangle. Copies of
the complete permit application are available for public inspection at
the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (1594 West North Temple,
Suite 1210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5801) and at the Carbon County
Courthouse (120 East Main, Price, Utah 84501).
Reclamation of the Star Point Mine site began in February 2000.
Phase II bond release for the site was issued by the Utah Division of
Oil, Gas and Mining on June 12, 2008, indicating that backfilling,
regrading, replacement of topsoil, installation of drainage control,
and revegetation of the regraded lands had been achieved prior to that
date in accordance with the operator's approved reclamation plan.
Upon Phase II bond release, the surety bond filed by Plateau Mining
Corporation to cover reclamation of the Star Point Mine was reduced to
$734,000. It is proposed that this bond amount be reduced by $62,000
to $672,000 upon Phase III bond release of the aforementioned 8.0
The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining will now evaluate the
proposal to determine whether it meets all the criteria of the
Permanent Program Performance Standards according to the requirements
of the Utah Coal Mining Rules.
Written comments, objections, and requests for public hearing or
informal conferences regarding this proposal may be addressed to:
Utah Coal Regulatory Program
Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining
1594 West North Temple, Suite 1210
P.O. Box 145801
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5801
The closing date for submission of such comments, objections, and
requests for public hearing or informal conferences on the proposal
must be received in writing by May 24, 2010.
Published in the Sun Advocate April 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2010.
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