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Colo. advocates win state hearing on proposed coal gasification plant

In hopes of further clarity about a proposed coal gasification plant at Bowie Resources LLC's Bowie No. 2 mine in Colorado, local advocates have requested and been granted a public hearing on the project by state officials.

According to the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety, the hearing will be scheduled following the conclusion of a public comment period on a permit for the proposed facility, which will end Dec. 30.

Further requests for a public hearing on the project can be submitted until then.

The hearing will follow a series of requests on the part of members of the local community and environmental advocates, including WildEarth Guardians. Citing a proposed revision to the project permit, the group called for a public hearing to provide more information about the effort.

"There are serious questions over whether the proposed revision will protect the interests of the public and affected landowners (including the American public, who all own public lands in the permit area)," the group wrote in its initial request. "A public hearing is needed to ensure the public has a full opportunity to engage in this process, to share their concerns, and to better understand Bowie's proposal."

According to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Bowie No. 2 mine produced 33,395 tons of coal during the first quarter of 2016, but had no reported activity during the second and third quarters.