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Posted 10/24/2013

Release no. 14-007


Contact
Clay Church
817-886-1314

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host public scoping meetings to gather information from the public and other interested organizations concerning coal mining in Texas.

The USACE is preparing a Regional Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects associated with a decision to develop and assess data and information with waters of the United States and other relevant resources that may be potentially impacted by future surface coal and lignite mine expansions in the state of Texas within the Fort Worth District’s area of responsibility.  These coal and lignite mining activities may eventually require authorization from the USACE under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, as well as other federal and state permits and approvals. 

Scoping meetings will be held from  4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on the dates and locations below:

1.  Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Uvalde County Fairplex-Event Center, 122 Veterans Lane, Uvalde, Texas, 78801.

2.  Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B, Temple, Texas, 76501.

3.  Thursday, December 5, 2013, Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 South Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas, 75702.

The USACE has invited the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Surface Mining, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Railroad Commission of Texas, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Historical Commission and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to be cooperating agencies in the formulation of the REIS.

Questions and comments regarding the proposed action and REIS should be addressed to Mr. Darvin Messer, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, P.O. Box 17300, 819 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, Texas  76102; or Darvin.Messer@usace.army.mil.

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About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Worth-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308.

Coal Mining Scoping meeting