CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two Wyoming mines are being recognized for their reclamation work.
The Interstate Mining Compact Commission has awarded the M-I SWACO Bentonite Mine in Big Horn County its Reclamation Award in the Noncoal Category. The strip mining operation has affected more than 5,300 acres of private, federal and state lands since the 1950s The company researched innovative reclamation practices to complete nine related projects in 2012.
The commission also awarded the Bridger Coal Mine, near Rock Springs, an Honorable Mention in the Coal Reclamation Category.
The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is a multi-state governmental organization that represents the natural resource and related environmental protection interests of its member states.