Oxford Mining Co. LLC is seeking a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit on the 178-acre Lafferty-Kaczor strip mine in Belmont County, Ohio, with the Corps office in Pittsburgh taking comment on the application until May 24.
A Corps public notice said this will be a surface and highwall miner job in Richland, Wheeling and Union townships. A list of pending mine permit applications from the Ohio Division of Mineral Resources, updated through the end of March, shows that the Lafferty-Kaczor application, which involves work in the #9 coal seam, was filed with that agency in July 2010. This is one of 20 applications that Oxford Mining has pending with the Ohio agency for permits on new mines, or for additions to existing mines.
Oxford Mining is a unit of Oxford Resource Partners LP (NYSE: OXF), which said in its March 14 annual Form 10-K report: “The Belmont County mining complex is located in Belmont County, Ohio, and currently consists of the Lafferty, Jeffco and Wheeling Valley mines. We began our mining operations at this mining complex in 1999. Operations at the Belmont County mining complex target the Pittsburgh #8 and Meigs Creek #9 coal seams. As of December 31, 2011, the Belmont County mining complex included 9.0 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves. Coal produced from this mining complex is primarily transported by truck to our Bellaire river terminal on the Ohio River. Coal produced from this mining complex is crushed and blended at the Bellaire river terminal before it is loaded onto barges for shipment to our customers on the Ohio River. This mining complex uses area, contour, auger and highwall miner methods of surface mining. This mining complex produced 1.0 million tons of coal for the year ended December 31, 2011.”