CONSOL unit nears permit for West Virginia coal mine

The Little Eagle Coal Co. LLC unit of CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) is seeking a permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for a new mine project in Clay County.

The DEP said in a May 7 public notice that Little Eagle Coal wants an Article 11/West Virginia National Pollutant Discharge Elimination water permit in order to open and operate a haulroad and a deep mine in the Coalburg coal seam. The operation will discharge treated water and stormwater into an unnamed tributary of Leatherwood Creek and Leatherwood Creek of the Elk River.

The public notice marks the fact this March 2009 application, for the BF Coalburg mine, moved on May 7 from a DEP field office to the agency’s main office for final approval. There are three other water permit applications pending from Little Eagle Coal; for the Lick Branch No. 3 and Peachorchard No. 2 deep mines, and for Haulroad No. 1.

Records at the DEP’s mining division show that mine permit applications for all four of those operations are also pending there. Little Eagle Coal on May 7 submitted to the DEP an updated mine permit application for BF Coalburg, with this application still several steps short of a final approval.

Little Eagle Coal is part of CONSOL’s AMVEST-Fola Complex in central West Virginia. There are three deep mines listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration under Little Eagle Coal. The Ike Fork 5 Block mine is considered to be “active,” while the Lick Branch No. 2 and Rocklick Coalburg mines are listed by MSHA as “nonproducing.”

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