County Commissioners Discuss Rare Elements

Johnson County's Commissioners.

County Commission Chair Delbert Eitel brought information to the other commissioners concerning a rare earth project that may happen in Northeast Wyoming in the near future.

Eitel explained more about the rare elements mine.

The proposed mine would be located on Forest Service property in Crook County, which is creating problems in the permitting for the project, he said. The hope is that if the surrounding counties back the project, it may help expedite the permitting process.

The company looking to mine the rare earth is not asking for financial support, just letters of support from the surrounding counties. Campbell and Weston Counties have already lent their support.

If approved and permitted, the proposed mine would be located near Sundance and the processing plant would be located in Weston County near Upton but other plants may be necessary because there are numerous rare minerals they will be able to mine on the site that are valuable commodities, and that would be good for the entire Northeast corner of the state, according to Eitel.

The company will be coming before the county commission in the near future to make a presentation to them.
No decision was made at the meeting concerning the letter of support.