Commissioners Hear Concerns Over Brook Mine

Commissioners Mike Nickel, left, and Bob Roslton (Photo Ron Richter ©)

During the public comment period of Tuesday’s Sheridan County Commission meeting, several citizens voiced their concerns over the proposed Brook Mine that would be located 6 miles north of Sheridan.

Ramaco Carbon LLC has partnered with several national research teams to mine coal for the use of carbon fiber parts for cars, airplanes and other products. Powder River Basin Resource Council Organizer Jill Morrison says the major issue at hand was the recent denial of a public hearing by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Jeff Barron with Western Water Consultants, who spoke on behalf of Ramaco, went through the timeline of the permitting process and handed out a flowchart to commissioners that showed that the public hearing process is forthcoming. Morrison also voiced concerns over subsidence and the area's history, that she feels haven’t been addressed in the permit issued by the DEQ.

In a staff meeting Monday, Commission Chairman Steve Maier said the commissioners have no jurisdiction over mines in the County. He stated that representatives with Ramaco have met with him and Commissioner Bob Rolston about a proposed research facility on the mine site, which would require a zoning change, and that when it comes to that point, the County would hold public meetings and hearings on the proposal.