The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a March 26 public notice that it has gotten an application from the Brooks Run Mining Co. LLC unit of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR) for a new deep mine in Braxton County.
The application, for permit U200611, covers the surface disturbance of around 12 acres in order to face-up a deep mine in the Lower Freeport coal seam. The DEP database shows that this application, filed in October 2011, is for the Jackson Bridge Extension room-and-pillar job, located near Little Birch in Braxton County. The public notice marks the fact that the application has been deemed as administratively complete, which means the blanks have been filled in properly and it can now get months of further processing.
The DEP database shows Brooks Run Mining with three other pending applications at the DEP’s mining division for: the Barkers Creek Haulroad in Wyoming County; the Stump Hollow Impoundment in Webster County; and the 878-acre Antietam strip mine along the Nicholas-Webster county line.
Operations in and around Braxton County are in Alpha’s Brooks Run North business segment, which the company described this way in its Feb. 29 annual Form 10-K report: “Brooks Run North produces coal from ten underground mines and two surface mines. The mines sell high Btu, low sulfur steam coal to eastern utilities and metallurgical coal to steel companies. The coal is transported by truck to either our Erbacon preparation plant, Green Valley preparation plant, Power Mountain preparation plant or Mammoth preparation plant, where it is cleaned, blended and loaded onto rail for shipment to customers. During 2011, Brooks Run North shipped 4.7 million tons.”