The Riverside Energy Co. LLC unit of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) applied April 17 at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for a mine permit on the Riffe Branch deep mine, to be located near Ikes Fork in McDowell County.
This room-and-pillar job would work the Lower War Eagle coal seam, the DEP database shows. This project joins two other pending mine permit applications for Riverside Energy: one filed Feb. 24 for the Horse Creek haulroad located near Fanrock in McDowell County; and the other filed in August 2009 for the Westigan No. 2 room-and-pillar mine in the Pocahontas No. 6 seam, located near Itmann in Wyoming County.
Riverside Energy specializes in operating small, short-lived deep mines working leftover pockets of coal in heavily-mined areas. There are two mines listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration under Riverside Energy, the Westigan No. 2 and War Branch No. 2 deep mines, both of which are classified as new mines with no production yet.