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Roadless Rule 'Exception' at Center of Coal Mine Expansion Controversy

Chad Reich
The West Elk Mine east of Paonia

This past June, the West Elk Mine punched a mile of road and two drilling pads for methane venting into lands that conservation groups say should be roadless, according to federal policy. Mine operators, however, say their leases for a planned and approved expansion sit underneath the surface of the roadless lands and are not subject to the state's roadless rule.


Mark Duggan provided online production of this story for KSUT.

This coverage is part of a new collaboration, reporting on the impacts of fossil fuels, coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition.


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