Apex Energy pursues expanded coal mine projects in Kentucky

Coal operator Jim Booth’s Apex Energy Inc. is seeking wastewater permits from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection on expanded mine areas in Pike County.

The DEP on May 21 put out for comment a socioeconomic demonstration report on one of the projects dated May 4 and signed by company Secretary J. Mark Campbell. This new area would also be covered by Amendment #3 to Kentucky Department for Natural Resources (KDNR)-issued mine permit #898-0608.

The entire surface area of this project is 258.8 acres (134.5 acres of this amount is new acreage). The nearest community is Simers, which is 1.4 miles to the northwest. Long Fork and an unnamed tributary of Cane Fork are the receiving streams for the proposed wastewater discharges. The project would provide for the continuation of 20 jobs.

“Mining of KDNR Permit No. 898-0608 will allow for the recovery of 8.4 million tons of coal over 5 years,” said the company report. “This will generate over $563 million of taxable profit.”

Also, on May 22, the DEP posted a socioeconomic report on a separate project of Apex Energy, covered under Kentucky DNR permit #898-0814 Revisions 1 and 2, Amendment 1. This proposed project is located on Grassy Fork of Pawpaw Creek in Pike County. The permit additions propose to add 597 acres, of which 85.2 acres are surface disturbance. The project would allow 20 continued jobs.

“Expansion of KDNR Permit No. 898-0814 will allow for the recovery of 7.8 million tons of coal,” said the report. “This will generate an estimated $604 million of taxable profit.”

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows Apex Energy, controlled by Booth, with several strip mines in eastern Kentucky. Booth, one of the largest independent coal operators in Central Appalachia, operates under several other company names, including Beech Fork Processing Inc., Mayo Resources Inc. and Argus Energy WV LLC.

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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.