Rhino unit gets one of four new Ohio coal permits

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.

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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.