Eagle Ridge Development seeks coal mine permits

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a March 21 public notice that Eagle Ridge Development Group LLC out of Summersville is seeking an Article 11/West Virginia National Pollutant Discharge Elimination water permit for a coal mine project.

The water permit is for the Fall Rock Surface Mine No. 8, to also be covered by mine permit S301711, as well as a haulroad that will be associated with this application. Mineral removal will be in the Iaeger coal seam. This proposed operation will discharge treated and stormwater runoff into Fallrock Branch and/ of Meadow River of the Gauley River. The permit is located in Fayette County.

The DEP database shows that the mine permit application for this operation was applied for in October 2011 and was still pending as of March 21. The application covers a 64-acre permit area near Nallen.

Eagle Ridge Development has five mine permits, all for surface jobs, currently in its name. The newest of those was issued in June 2009 for the 46-acre Fall Rock Mine No. 6, which is also near Nallen and also works the Iaeger seam.

The company has only one mine, the McMillion Creek No. 4 strip job in Nicholas County, currently registered with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. MSHA has that mine listed in a “nonproducing” status, with 6,040 tons of production in the first three quarters of 2011 and 17,417 tons in all of 2010. MSHA said the company is controlled by Perry Queener.

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