Oxford Mining Co. LLC is seeking a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the 260-acre Pasco strip mine in Jefferson County, Ohio.
The Corps office in Pittsburgh will be taking public comment on the application until April 18. The mine will be located in unnamed tributaries, wetlands, and open water impoundments in the Rush Run watershed in Wells Township in Jefferson County.
“The applicant proposes to mine the Pittsburgh (#8) and Pomeroy (#8A) coal seams by contour mining using the box cut method, auger mining, using a conventional auger, and highwall mining to recover the coal seam,” said a Corps public notice. “The proposed coal mining would impact 3,490 linear feet of unnamed tributaries to Rush Run, 0.04 acre of wetland, and 0.5 acre of open water impoundments for the construction of staging areas, equipment crossings, haul roads, and reclamation activities. Mitigation for impacts to streams is proposed through the reclamation and restoration of 3,490 linear feet of stream channel to be constructed using natural stream channel design. Additionally a 50 foot wide riparian zone is proposed for both sides of the stream with trees and shrubs planted at a rate of 600 stems per acre. Mitigation for wetland impacts is proposed in the amount of 0.06 acre of wetland creation.”
The Pasco mine is not listed by that name with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Ohio Division of Mineral Resources got an application in June 2011 for the Pasco mine permit. A division list of pending applications dated as of the end of February shows that application as being still in process.
Oxford Mining, a unit of Oxford Resource Partners LP (NYSE:OXF), has a number of surface mines operating in southeastern Ohio at any one time.