New coal company, Princess Fuels, permits Kentucky mine

A new coal producer, Princess Fuels LLC, is permitting a new strip mine in eastern Kentucky that is targeted to produce over 3 million tons of coal over its lifetime.

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection issued on April 2 a technical notice of determination on a wastewater permit application for the project. This mine would also be covered by Kentucky Department for Natural Resources mine permit 810-0034.

The mine will recover coal reserves from the Princess 7 and Princess 8 coal seams. The project site is located about 1.9 miles west-northwest of Coalton in Boyd, Carter, and Greenup counties. The operation would provide employment for an estimated 40 employees.

“This surface mine facility will provide jobs in communities in portions of Boyd, Carter, and Greenup Counties and help prevent the loss of jobs when an existing area facility closes or moves to another area,” said a Jan. 3 socioeconomic demonstration report submitted to the DEP and signed by company chief engineer Doug Moore. “Recovery of the coal on this project, located along Mile Branch and Straight Creek of Williams Creek, will produce over 3,000,000 tons of coal. This will generate over $10.3 million in severance taxes, of which the surrounding counties will receive a total of over $1.5 million dollars (15 percent).”

Princess Fuels was first entered into the U.S. Office of Surface Mining database on Feb. 9, based on data submitted to OSM by the state DNR. OSM data shows these company owners, each with 25% of the company; Doug Moore, Crystal Slutz, Tilden Trent and Brian Dickerson.

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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.