Two Wyoming mines, one bentonite and another coal, recognized for reclamation efforts

(Herndon, VA) – The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC), of which the State of Wyoming is an associate member, has awarded two Wyoming mines for reclamation work in the Coal and Noncoal Reclamation Award Categories. The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is a multi-state governmental organization that represent the natural resource and related environmental protection interests of its member states. It is based in Herndon, VA.

MiSWACO logoThe M-I SWACO Bentonite Mine in Big Horn County, was awarded the winner of the IMCC’s Reclamation Award in the Noncoal Category. This strip mining operation has affected over 5,300 acres of private, federal and state lands since the 1950’s. M-I SWACO researched innovative reclamation practices to complete 9 related projects in 2012.

In the mine’s award application, the company mentioned that these reclamation projects come with a financial cost, but the positive results of these efforts have been recognized as having value towards its standards of environmental responsibility and overall excellence.

M-I SWACO’s Big Horn County operations are based out of Greybull. The company also has its Rocky Mountain Region 2 billing office and a warehouse in Riverton. 

bridgercoalcoThe Bridger Coal Mine, near Rock Springs, WY, received an Honorable Mention in the Coal Reclamation Category. “Your nomination demonstrates the kind of quality and innovation that speaks loudly and clearly of the state’s and the mining industry’s dedication to maintenance of environmental protection through efficient mining and reclamation practices,” said Gregory Conrad, IMCC Executive Director in a recent letter to the Bridger Mine.

Gov. Matt Mead

Gov. Matt Mead

“I am glad Wyoming’s mines are being recognized. The mining industry in Wyoming takes reclamation seriously, provides jobs and provides resources our economy requires. We are proud of all this industry accomplishes in our state, as evidenced by awards like these,” Governor Matt Mead said.

“The IMCC’s selection of two Wyoming operators is further recognition of the dedication to successful reclamation practices common to Wyoming’s mining industries,” said Nancy Nuttbrock, Deputy Director for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Both mines will receive these awards at the upcoming IMCC 2013 Annual Awards Banquet on April 16 in Cincinnati, OH.