The land was in big game habitat and the North Fork Valley in western Colorado.
North Fork Valley
The proposal would open up 95 percent of the area, almsot 8,000 acres, to oil and gas drilling.
To see the worst of the coal slump in Colorado, look no further than the state’s North Fork Valley. Since 2013, two out of three mines have closed.
Valley leaders aren’t waiting to see if promises to the coal industry are delivered. Instead, they’re seeking to build their own path.
- The coal giant is cutting 80 jobs at its West Elk Mine near Somerset.Read more
Oxbow Mining, one of the largest employers in the valley, has closed down operations at the Elk Creek Mine in Somerset leaving fears about whether anything can take its place.