Mine plans spur concern


September 8, 2022

Grace Moore

A front end loader works at the Black Hills Bentonite mine along Pine Ridge Road.

Black Hills Bentonite LLC of Casper, WY has asked for a permit to mine bentonite a couple miles south of Pine Haven. At last week's public meeting of Pine Haven Council, residents and Land Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representatives entertained approximately 60 guests from Pine Haven and the surrounding area to discuss concerns about the mining process.

Mayor Karla Brandenburg later noted, "All who spoke objected to the mine being built in the area it is projected. Most of the concerns were about air and water quality, with the closeness to the town an...

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