Roadless Rule

Chad Reich

Chad Reich is back on KVNF for this week's Local Motion to go deeper into the story of 'The North Fork Exception.' Mountain Coal Company wants to expand into lands on The Gunnison National Forest's roadless areas and environmental groups want to stop them. The story involves ongoing battles in the courts over roads and drilling pads. The mine hasn't responded to emails or phone calls since July so they couldn't be included in the story. Instead, Chad shares the voices of coal advocates, conservation groups, and government officials.

  

Chad Reich

This past June, the West Elk Mine punched a mile of road and two drilling pads for methane venting into lands that conservation groups say should be roadless, according to federal policy. Mine operators, however, say their leases for a planned and approved expansion sit underneath the surface of the roadless lands and are not subject to the state's roadless rule. Chad Reich reports on the struggle taking place in the Gunnison National Forest. 

Chad Reich

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  • Governor Polis signed 8 special session bills on Monday
  • Who is dying in jails around our region and why?
  • Chad Reich reports on roadless rule battle at West Elk Mine in Gunnison National Forest

  • State of Colorado blocks road-building by Arch Coal in Sunset Roadless Area
  • Water recreators should wear life vests, says Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Denver is latest city to declare racism a public health crisis
  • Infant mortality is higher for children of color in the Mountain West

  • Colorado one of four states won by Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday
  • Federal judge rules against coal company seeking exemption to NF roadless rule
  • Feds and states are losing out on potential oil and gas royalties, says new report

  • Two states, conservation groups suing Trump Administration over methane rule
  • Watchdog in Crested Butte suing to stop coal mine expansion into roadless area
  • CHIP funding down to the wire, coverage ends for millions if Congress doesn't act

KVNF Regional Newscast: December 19, 2016

Dec 19, 2016

  • City of Delta names new police chief
  • Gov. signs assisted suicide, minimum wage laws
  • Roadless rule exemption in effect for North Fork mining
  • Solar energy popularity among Western states, conservatives

KVNF Regional Newscast: November 23, 2016

Nov 23, 2016

  • KBUT report on roadless rule in North Fork
  • Nucla hunters convicted of poaching
  • CDOT issues warnings
  • Thanksgiving weekend municipal closings

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

Feb 26, 2016

  • I-70 begins new, faster traffic pattern
  • Environmental review process begins for coal mine expansion
  • Gateway man arrested on kidnapping charges
  • State legislature debates the legality of storing rain water  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Jan 15, 2016

  • Two men sentenced to prison for killing motorcyclist
  • Construction hits milestone for new Montrose Rec. Center
  • Montrose School District budget woes not as bad as expected
  • CPW votes against introducing  endangered wolves in Colorado
  • Roadless Rule comment period ends

North Fork Coal Mining Up For Review, Again

Dec 9, 2015

Representatives from federal agencies were in Paonia earlier this week.  They held an open house to discuss the Roadless Rule, a defining policy that prevents development in wilderness across the state, except certain areas.  Areas like the North Fork.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Dec 9, 2015

  • Feds approve natural gas development near Somerset
  • Carbondale pot shop targeted by armed robbers
  • Forest Service officials discuss the Colorado Roadless Rule exemption
  • Agencies partner to give Christmas trees to those in need

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Dec 4, 2015

  • Guilty plea in Montrose dental clinic theft
  • US Forest Service to hold open house about roadless rule
  • CDOT focuses on I-70 this winter
  • Ute Indian Museum breaks ground on new expansion
  • Lawmakers already planning out next years budget

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Nov 23, 2015

  • Roadless Rule Exemption back on track
  • Counties conflicted over pay raises
  • Officials warn about stomach virus spreading
  • Longer growing seasons could mean good news and bad news for growers

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • Police reform bills become law
  • Roadless Rule Exception comment period closes
  • BLM looks for more citizen advisors
  • Wildfire bill signed
  • Weather continues to have a wet outlook
  • Kebler pass opens for summer

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Apr 7, 2015

  Newscast

  • Roadless Rule gets second look
  • Wildfire near Delta over weekend
  • Proposed lease swap for Thompson Divide
  • Fundraising project hopes to build facilities for Paonia Highschool
  • House takes up budget

Coal
NPS

Arch Coal and the Forest Service will not be appealing a decision that revokes the company's expansion lease, as well as vacating an exception in the Colorado Roadless­ Rule that allows for expanded mining in the North Fork. 

Headlines:

  • Elk Creek Mine working on cleanup, still weeks away from opening
  • Environmental groups challenge roadless rule in appeals court
  • Governor Hickenlooper issues new wildfire prevention orders
  • Paonia grapplers No.1, girls basketball undefeated as regionals approach

  • Supreme Court Upholds 2001 Roadless Rule
  • Bus Service Between Durango and GJ May Resume
  • West End School District Wins BEST Grant
  • Two Small Fires Near Durango
  • Delta County Candidate Forum Tonight