The Alabama Surface Mining Commission has lately done three more permit transfers, including the permit for the Glade prep plant in Jackson County, to Alabama Carbon LLC, a company controlled by West Virginia-based coal operator James “Jim” Justice II.
Commission records show that on April 24, the permits for the Glade prep plant, Mine #2 and Mine #3 were transferred from GTM Energy Partners LLC to Alabama Carbon. In February, permits for the Henegar mine, Mine #1 and the Poore mine were transferred from GTM to Alabama Carbon. And in September 2011, the permit for the Crane Central mine was also transferred from GTM to Alabama Carbon.
Permit transfer documents were signed by Alabama Carbon Vice President James “Jay” Justice III, the son of Jim Justice II. Alabama Carbon has an office address in Beaver, W.Va.
Justice last year bought the GTM properties out of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama, with this being his first venture into the Alabama coal business. The court docket shows that the Chapter 11 case of GTM Energy Partners is still open.
U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows five operations listed under Alabama Carbon. All of the mines are strip jobs. Mine #1, the Poore mine and the Glade prep plant are classified as “temporarily idled.” Crane Central is listed as a new mine with no production yet. Mine #2 is the only “active” operation out of the five, with production of 27,485 tons in the first quarter of this year. Mine #2 only operated in the third and fourth quarters of 2011, producing 18,752 tons during that period.