Request #18-271

On behalf of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, and pursuant to W.S. 35-11-1101 and the Wyoming Public Records Act, we request access to the following public records held by DEQ:

1) Any appraisal or valuation reports for real property used as collateral for the reclamation bond obligations of Contura and/or Blackjewel

2) Any correspondence, including electronic correspondence, between Contura and/or Blackjewel and DEQ staff regarding the real property bonds, the property appraisals, and/or records confidentiality.

We look forward to your response within seven days on whether these records are available to the public. 

Thank you,

Shannon Anderson



October 4, 2018 via web


Land Quality Division, Industrial Siting Division






Point of Contact

Keith Guille

Request Closed   Hide Public

In regard to item #1: Blackjewel has requested that the appraisal be kept confidential. The appraisal qualifies as confidential material under the Wyoming Public Records Act, which requires the custodian of records to deny inspection of any records which are "[t]rade secrets, privileged information and confidential commercial, financial, geological or geophysical data furnished by or obtained from any person." Wyo. Stat. Ann.§ 16-4-203(d)(v). 

All responsive documents pertaining to item number 2, have been released pursuant to the State of Wyoming Public Records Act.

January 8, 2019, 1:33pm
Request Reopened Public
January 8, 2019, 1:32pm
Request Closed Public

All responsive documents have been released pursuant to the State of Wyoming Public Records Act.

January 7, 2019, 2:47pm
Request Published Public
January 7, 2019, 2:47pm
Document(s) Released Public
Emails Released 18-271.pdf
January 7, 2019, 2:45pm
Department Assignment Public
Added: Land Quality Division.
October 4, 2018, 8:32am
Department Assignment Public
Added: Industrial Siting Division.
October 4, 2018, 8:32am
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
October 4, 2018, 8:28am