The U.S. Bureau of Land Management office in Colorado plans a July 30 auction on the 1,790-acre Spruce Stomp coal reserve tracts that Bowie Resources LLC wants to lease for its adjacent Bowie No. 2 longwall mine in Delta County, Colo.
The lease area contains an estimated 8.02 million tons of recoverable coal reserves, BLM said in a notice to be published in the July 1 Federal Register. The underground minable coal is ranked as B bituminous coal. The estimated coal quality on an as-received basis for the tracts is as follows: 12,896 BTU/lb., volatile matter 23.23%, moisture 3.38%, fixed carbon 62.16%, sulfur content 0.63%, and ash content 10.60%.
WildEarth Guardians said in March that it has appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals BLM’s decision to make this tract available for lease.
U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that Bowie No. 2 produced 581,274 tons in the first quarter of this year and 3.3 million tons in all of 2013.