The Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management issued four new coal mine permits and permit revisions in February, including a first-time permit for a new room-and-pillar deep mine planned by a unit of Rhino Resource Partners LP (NYSE:RNO).
On Feb. 10, the agency issued to Rhino’s Leesville Land LLC unit a permit for the Leesville Land deep mine in Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties. The permit covers 53 acres of surface support area and 9,360 acres of underground reserves in the #6 coal seam, said a list of issued permits released by the agency. Rhino briefly mentioned in a March 1 earnings report that it is looking at development opportunities for the Leesville project.
On Feb. 6, the Ohio agency issued a permit for the 39-acre Belknap surface mine, planned by coal operator J. Clifford Forrest’s Rosebud Mining. This mine, located in Stark County, would work the #6 coal seam.
On Feb. 12, a permit was issued to Sterling Mining to add 158 acres of reserves in the #6A coal seam in the Shean Hill 3 reserve to a room-and-pillar mine in Jefferson County. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration database shows that Sterling Mining, controlled by W. Thomas Mackall, has a Shean Hill deep mine in Jefferson County that produced 261,374 tons in 2011.
On Feb. 23, Oxford Mining, a unit of Oxford Resource Partners LP, got a permit for the 183-acre Egypt Valley #8 surface mine in Belmont County. This mine would work the #8 coal seam.