Ramaco attorneys say residents shouldn’t be allowed to testify on a permit for the Sheridan-area coal mine.
A rival coal company thinks Ramaco’s permit application for a new mine north of Sheridan is lacking.
But both Ciris and the microbial stimulation proposal has faced scrutiny from the Powder River Basin Resource Council, which advocates on behalf of many rural landowners in the region. Many of those landowners rely on the freshwater coal aquifer for domestic and stock water. They worry that various “nutrients” and chemicals used to stimulate the microbial process could degrade water quality and put human health at risk.