Blackhawk Mining pursues deep mine permit in eastern Kentucky

Blackhawk Mining LLC is pursuing a wastewater permit from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection for the Sansom Fork deep mine in Floyd County, Ky., with the mine projected to turn out over 2.1 million tons of coal during its lifetime.

The proposed project is located near Dana, with the receiving stream for the wastewater being Sansom Fork of Prater Creek, said a March 2011 socioeconomic report on the project signed by Blackhawk Mining Vice President D. Edward Brown. The DEP released the report for comment on March 8.

This project would create 15 jobs, the report noted. It would produce over 2.1 million tons of coal, creating about $88.4m in revenues, with about $4m generated by the project in coal severance taxes.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that Blackhawk Mining, controlled by Thomas and John Potter, has four surface mines and no deep mines currently listed under its name. All four surface jobs are in Floyd County, with one of them, called Orchard Br #1, shown as a new mine with no recorded production through the end of 2011.

“Blackhawk Mining, LLC was formed in 2010 to acquire and operate idled coal reserves, mines, preparation plant and loading facilities formerly owned by Black Diamond Mining in Floyd County, Kentucky,” said the Blackhawk Mining website. “Blackhawk operates a combination of underground continuous miner sections and contour surface mines with a highwall miner in high quality Elkhorn #1, #2, #3 and Fireclay coal seams. Production is processed through a 900 ton-per-hour preparation plant and 120 car unit train loading facility served by CSXT Railroad at Spurlock, KY.”

The website said the company controls 56,600 acres of minerals in Floyd and Magoffin counties, Ky. It has 97 million tons of proven and probable reserves and 25.2 million tons estimated for recovery in mines already in operation. It produces high-vol, low- to medium-sulfur coal.

The website shows Mitch Potter as Chairman and CEO of the company, Thomas Potter as Chairman and COO, Nick Glancy as President and Dan Moon as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

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