Grindstone Management LLC is seeking a permit from the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals (OMM) for the 773-acre Littleton strip mine, to be located just east of the town of Littleton in Schuyler County.
The March 1 application, recently posted to the OMM website, shows that this mine would work the Colchester #2 coal seam. That seam ranges from 1.6 to 2.8 feet thick in the permit area, with overburden ranging from 38 to 73 feet. Analysis shows coal specs within the seam of 2.9% pyritic sulfur, 5.2% total sulfur, 13,054 Btu/lb and 9.8% ash.
Planned production is 400,000 raw tons per year for about four years, with total production over the mine life of about 1.4 million tons. Based on the OMM’s past permitting pace, a permit for this operation will take at least a year to get.
The application shows that the CEO of Grindstone Management is Brian Veldhuizen, the COO is Michael Caldwell and the Vice President is Thomas Austin. These are the same parties behind long-established Illinois coal producer Springfield Coal Co. LLC.