Regulators seek more information on Otter Creek coal mine proposal

Posted: Apr 22, 2013

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Associated Press
Otter Creek

Montana environmental regulators want more information on a proposed Otter Creek coal mine after finding deficiencies in an application for the project.

St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc. is proposing a mine that would extract up to 20 million tons of coal a year from state-owned and private coal leases south of Ashland. A related project, the Tongue River Railroad, would be built to link the mine to potential markets.

Regulators detailed shortcomings in portions of Arch's application that covered hydrology, mine operations, reclamation, wildlife and plant studies, and other topics. The company will need to provide answers before the project can proceed.

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