Youngs Creek mine

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Youngs Creek Mine is a proposed coal mine, owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, after acquisition by Cloud Peak Energy, with a proposal to mine 1 million tonnes per annum, near Sheridan, Wyoming, United States.

Location

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Background

Youngs Creek mine is an undeveloped mine 13 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming. The site was first permitted to mine coal in 1976 before the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 existed, and before Wyoming had taken over the permitting and regulation of coal mining. Mining was suspended at Youngs Creek between 1980 and 1993. Reclamation for the original operations was finished in 1996.[1]

Cloud Peak Energy acquired Youngs Creek Mine in 2012 for $300 million. Youngs Creek contained approximately 450 million tons of in-place coal at the time Cloud Peak purchased it. The acquisition also included 38,800 acres and extended the border with Cloud Peak’s Spring Creek Mine, 7 miles to the north.[2]

Cloud Peak’s application with the Army Corps of Engineers shows mining development at Youngs Creek will impact two nearby waterways starting in 2020, and continued operations would affect two streams between 2020 and 2046, with cleanup and reclamation scheduled for 2051. The project would also impact 20 acres of wetlands, more than 11,000 feet of stream, and would temporarily divert a stream.[1]

Since acquiring the mine, Cloud Peak has performed exploratory drilling, conducted boundary revisions, and updated its permits, but has not yet extracted coal.[1] A project timeline has not yet been announced.[2]

In August 2019, it became clear that Cloud Peak Energy was bankrupt, and they sold their three coal mines — Cordero Rojo mine, Antelope mine, and Spring Creek mine — to the Navajo Transitional Energy Company.[3] It was unclear if Youngs Creek was included in that sale, but by February 2020, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company applied to transfer permits of the Youngs Creek mine.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Navajo Transitional Energy Company
  • Parent Company: Navajo Nation
  • Location: Sheridan, Wyoming, United States
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.9947173, -106.9785339 (approximate)
  • Status: Proposed
  • Production Capacity: 1 million tons per year (proposed)[5]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 285 Mt Proven and Probable[6]
  • Coal type:
  • Mine Size: 38,800 acres (concession)
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year: TBD
  • Source of Financing:

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "An old Sheridan coal mine shows signs of life" The Casper Star-Tribune, Feb. 13, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Permit revision approved for Youngs Creek mine" The Sheridan Press, March 30, 2018.
  3. Camille Erickson, "Bankrupt Cloud Peak finds new owner for its Wyoming mines," "The Casper Star Tribune," August 19, 2019.
  4. NTEC, state have agreement on sovereign immunity, Gillette News Record, Feb 13, 2020
  5. "Long shuttered Wyoming coal mine could produce by next year" The Casper Star-Tribune, May 11, 2018.
  6. NTEC Presentation, October 10, 2019