Alpha’s Kingston Resources seeks new coal mine permits

The Kingston Resources unit of Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) is pursuing a new permit for a deep mine in Fayette County, said a May 25 notice from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

This operation, under permit #U300512, covers an underground mine in the Glen Alum Tunnel seam of coal. The application for this permit, for the Kingston No. 5 mine, was filed on Feb. 24. This is a room-and-pillar job to be located near Kincaid. The public notice marks the fact the application has been marked as administratively complete, which means the blanks have been filled in properly and it is now ready for full processing.

The only other pending mine permit application for Kingston Resources was filed in August 2010 for the Kingston No. 8 mine, the DEP database shows. This will be a room-and-pillar job in a split of the Chilton seam located near Pax in Fayette County.

The most recent mine permit issued to Kingston Resources came out on Jan. 24 and covers the Alma room-and-pillar mine working the Alma coal seam at a site near Pax in Fayette County. The DEP database shows no site inspections done yet for this project, which indicates mining hasn’t started since the DEP usually inspects an active site at least once a month.

There are no mines listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration under Kingston Resources. But Alpha does have a couple of deep mines in Fayette County – Kingston No. 1 and No. 2 – listed under its Kingston Mining unit. There is also a prep plant in Fayette County listed under Alpha’s Kingston Processing.

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