Locals seek county input on bentonite mine concerns

Mine's proximity to homes and potential impact on road safety still a worry to nearby residents


May 11, 2023

Grace Moore

Crook County Commissioners Kelly Dennis, Bob Latham and Fred Devish listen as William Greathouse III and Todd Pomeroy share concerns regarding the planned bentonite mine outside of Pine Haven.

Commissioners Kelly Dennis, Bob Latham and Fred Devish last week listened to Pine Haven residents Todd Pomeroy and William Greathouse as the men shared their concerns about the planned mine called the Keyhole State Project, owned by Black Hills Bentonite LLC, a Wyoming-based company that is also mining just north of exit 168, along Wagner Road on Pine Ridge.

Pomeroy asked questions on behalf of residents in the area.

"I work in the oil and gas industry," Pomeroy spoke, "So I don't oppose mining by any means, [but] when I see this project, I've seen red flags through the process, [so] can w...

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