AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County lawmakers are getting behind [auth] the county’s largest private employer by asking a federal agency to approve further development at Navajo Mine.
The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/uMKGcu ) reports the County Commission this week passed a resolution urging the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to approve further mining development.
BHP Navajo Coal Company started trying to stretch mine operations south in 2005.
A judge halted the initial development in 2010 after two local environment groups filed a lawsuit against the project. A scaled-down version of the original project is in a public-comment phase until Jan. 17.
Navajo Mine is southeast of Fruitland and has operated since 1957. The Navajo Nation owns the lands and leases it to BHP Navajo Coal Company.