Facts about the Project Location
- Sheridan County Commissioners recently formalized a rezoning for about 114 acres of Ramaco’s privately-owned lands, just north of the Port of Entry, to allow the project to proceed.
Ramaco’s lands are located in the “busiest” portion of an area historically used for industrial purposes. There have been several towns, underground mines, surface strip coal mines, a power plant, and similar intense uses in the area for decades. This is why the County designated this area for “Future Industry” following a period of public discussion and debate in late 2008.
- Ramaco’s lands are bisected by Interstate 90 and are bordered on the north by an active BNSF rail line. This means an average 3,700 cars and trucks pass through this area per day, and 20 trains per week. BNSF also operates an industrial character switch and storage yard just north of Ramaco’s lands.
- Ramaco’s lands are also bracketed on two sides by active gravel quarries: Tongue River Stone and the Taylor Quarry. Big Horn Coal Co. filings with the Wyoming DEQ verify that Big Horn Coal Co. currently leases an industrial shop facility near the Ramaco site to a third-party who makes that use of it.
- Ramaco has committed to continue providing walking access from the public roads to the Monarch Cemetery, and the Monarch Cemetery proper is not a part of the recent rezoning.
The Sheridan County Comprehensive Zoning and Planning Map (click to enlarge)
Ramaco Carbon’s plans for its iPark and iCAM have far reaching implications for the sustainability of the coal industry, advanced materials, and advanced manufacturing industries. By working with top researchers and scientists, Ramaco Carbon can create a new ecosystem for innovation in northeast Wyoming.
– Greg Hill, Chairman of Wyoming’s ENDOW Initiative
– Susan Porden, Tongue River Valley resident