At this week’s Campbell County Commissioners meeting engineering services director Philip Giffin talked to the commissioners about a Wyoming access program grant and went over the details of an application being submitted to the Central Federal Land Program.
Campbell County Commissioner Dan Coolidge said the Cold Belt Transportation Study is something the county has been working on for a long time. That study, which began in 2010 has led to this point with the grant application.
“There are federal dollars available for accessing federal minerals and federal recreational areas This is something we have struggled with. The mining companies have had to consistently relocate county roads and its at their sole expense. And it takes a lot of time and money to constantly relocate these roads. So, what we have looked at is establishing a corridor to the east side of the mining operations that is where the coal was nonexistent; anything that’s built along that corridor would be permanent.”---Coolidge
Coolidge added the county is just looking for solutions to access problems and hurdles that the mining industry faces with their operations, and they are hopeful the federal government may be willing to fund the bulk of the process.
Griffin added that he is hopeful that when the application is reviewed, the economic generation from Campbell County for the rest of the nation will be considered.
“Campbell County provides significant federal economic generation. Specifically, the government, due to the four hundred million tons of coal that is nominally mined in Campbell County. They receive about five hundred and seventy million dollars.”---Giffin