Carbon Resources Development pursues W.Va. coal projects

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in an April 11 public notice that Carbon Resources Development Inc. has applied for a permit from the agency’s mining division on a new deep mine Wyoming County.

This mine, under permit U300912, would work the Pocahontas No. 3 coal seam. The DEP database shows this permit application was filed March 3 for the Maben No. 1 room-and-pillar job located near Mullens. The public notice marks the fact the application has been deemed as administratively complete, which means the blanks have been filled in properly and it now can get months of full processing.

Carbon Resources Development has no issued mine permits, only a prospecting permit, currently in its name at the DEP. It had two other applications pending with the mining division as of April 11, both of which had previously been declared as administratively complete.

  • An October 2011 application covers the Allen Creek No. 1 room-and-pillar job, which would work the Pocahontas No. 3 seam at a site near Helen in Raleigh County. This seam, in this area of West Virginia, produces a high-quality metallurgical coal.
  • A second October 2011 application covers the Maben Haulroad No. 1 in Raleigh County.

Carbon Resources Development has no mines currently listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration under that corporate name. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining database shows the company as 67% owned by Robert Worley and 33% by Brad Scott, with Worley also associated with a West Virginia coal producer called Baylor Mining.

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