Murrell nears permit for West Virginia coal mine

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a March 23 public notice that a mine permit application from Peerless Development LLC for a deep mine in Boone County has been marked as technically complete.

This permit, No. U500909, covers the surface disturbance of about 23 acres for the face-up area for a deep mine in the Lower Winifrede coal seam. The project site is about one mile northwest of Seth in Boone County. The DEP database shows this as the only pending mine permit application for Peerless Development.

This application was filed in June 2009 for the Winfrede No. 1 room-and-pillar mine. The public notice marks the fact that the application can now move from a regional DEP office to the agency’s main office for final approval. The company has no currently-issued mine permits through the DEP.

Peerless Development has no mines listed under its name at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining database shows that the company is 100% owned by Manatee Missouri Investments LLC and that Fred Murrell owns 60% of that parent company and Robert Johnson owns 40%. Murrell is based out of Bradenton, Fla., and has an ownership position in several smallish U.S. coal mines, though he is most known as being the U.S. sales representative for Indonesian coal producer Adaro Energy.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.