Application for Phase III Bond Release
Miller Canyon Portal Breakouts
Energy West Mining Company
P.O. Box 310
Huntington, Utah 84528
PacifiCorp, by and through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Energy West
Mining Company ("Energy West") as mine operator, has filed with the
Division of Oil, Gas and Mining an application for Phase III Bond
Release for the Miller Canyon portal breakouts of the
The Miller Canyon breakouts are located in the NW1/4 SE1/4 of Section
30, Township 17 South, Range 7 East, SLB&M and within United States
Forest Service Lands. PacifiCorp is the sub-leasee for Federal Coal
Lease (U-083066) to conduct underground mining operations. Mining in
this area is no longer being conducted in this area. Total
disturbance associated with the ventilation breakouts is approximately
The Miller Canyon ventilation breakouts consisted of three separate
portals located on the western side of East Mountain. The portals
were developed in the coal outcrop and talus deposits on a vertical
cliff face. As part of PacifiCorp's enhancement project, rock and
aesthetically appealing materials were strategically placed along the
coal outcrop area to blend the portal site to the surrounding terrain.
Ground water discharges that occur from the portal area have been
monitored according to the approved plan and Utah Pollution Discharge
Elimination System guidelines. Seeps are common along the cliffs in
On June 25, 1999, Energy West completed final reclamation of the
portal sites as specified in the approved plan. Reclamation activities
consisted of reconfiguration of the landscape to be consistent with
the surrounding environment. Phase I bond release was approved on
June 21, 2002.
A Surety bond is posted with the Division for the Cottonwood/Wilberg
mine in the amount of $3,252,000.00. PacifiCorp is requesting Phase
II and Phase III release of reclamation liability. Bond reduction is
not requested at this time.
A copy of the Phase III Bond Release application may be examined at
the office of the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, 1594 West North
Temple, Suite 1210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5801 and also at the
Recorders Office located in the Emery County Courthouse in Castle
Dale, Utah. Written comments, objections, or requests for an informal
conference may be submitted to the Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining
address above. Said comments must be submitted thirty (30) days from
the date of the last publication of this notice.
This notice is being published to comply with the Surface Mining
Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, and State and Federal regulations
promulgated pursuant to said Act.
Published in the Emery County Progress August 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2010.
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