On July 12, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Director Todd Parfitt accompanied Rocky Mountain Power officials to the former site of the Dave Johnston coal mine to view the completed reclamation project and the current site of the Glenrock and Rolling Hills wind farms.
Over 42 years the Dave Johnston Coal Mine produced approximately 104 million tons of coal for the Dave Johnston Power Plant. While this 11-mile tract of land produced coal from 1958-2000 to generate electricity for customers, today the same land has been restored to its natural state and is producing energy using a renewable Wyoming resource – wind.
The reclamation project has earned numerous awards including both the Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and the State of Wyoming Reclamation Award. “This is a model of mining, reclamation, [and] repurposing land and our regulatory systems,” said Governor Mead.
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