U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer has joined with Colorado and Wyoming Senators in asking the Department of Interior to take steps to keep the Colowyo Mine open. The mine provides coal to the Tri-State power plant in Craig, Colorado which supplies electricity to a number of western Nebraska communities.
Tri-State provides power to the Chimney Rock Public Power District in Bayard, Midwest Cooperative Corporation in Grant, Northwest Rural Public Power District in Hay Springs, Panhandle Rural Electric Membership Association in Alliance, Roosevelt Public Power District in Scottsbluff, and Wheat Belt Public Power District in Sidney.
A federal court has ruled against the Department of Interior’s plans for the Colowyo Mine, which supplies the coal for a northern Colorado power plant that supplies electricity to much of the Panhandle.
Fischer says the Department of Interior needs to act.
“The mine had obtained all the necessary permits,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They had complied with all of the regulations required by the department and this court decision has really turned things around and it could be very, very costly for people in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”
Fischer joined Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado as well as John Barrasso and Mike Enzi of Wyoming in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, calling on her to take immediate action to protect the Colowyo Mine.