An application to the Delta County Board of County Commissioners for a land use change at a former coal load out site north of Paonia is drawing skepticism and criticism from neighbors, who are requesting that that the land be returned to its original state under its current permit.
Mark Levin, with Dumont, Colo.-based Paonia Holdings, LLC, has applied for a land use change to "commercial and light industrial use" under Delta County's Specific Development Regulations, for parcels located at 41322 and 41402 Hwy. 133.
The announcement of layoffs at Bowie Mine #2 on Sept. 29 by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bowie Resources LLC (BRP), is expected to have lasting negative impacts on Delta County's economy.
BRP will lay off 78 full-time positions and eliminate 19 contractors as part of its efforts to scale back production of its Bowie #2 mine at Somerset "as a result of idling its longwall while it develops a new longwall panel and continues to evaluate the market for Bowie #2 coal," according to a press release. Development of the new longwall panel is expected to take 12 months.
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