Earlier in 2020, the North Fork Valley was shocked to learn that Arch Resources, owners of the West Elk Mine, had bulldozed a new route deep into the Sunset Roadless Area, despite a recent court decision prohibiting such activities.
In June, the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety issued a cessation order to Arch Resources to “prevent further road construction or tree removal within the protected Sunset Colorado Roadless Area”. The order “does not prohibit the company from continuing its current operations below the surface at the mine.”
WSCC supports the State of Colorado’s order and recently sent a letter to the State of Colorado asking them to keep this order in place to protect the Sunset Roadless Area until the courts can clarify important legal uncertainties. We will continue to report on progress and changes as this issue unfolds.