Revelation Energy LLC, run by coal operator Jeff Hoops, is permitting a surface mine project located about 2.2 miles west of McRoberts in Letcher County, Ky.
The project will be facilitating the removal of coal reserves from the Whitesburg, Fireclay, FC Rider, Hamlin Area and Amburgy coal seams, said an April 18 socioeconomic report on the project. The report was written by the company and on May 4 released for public comment by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection as part of the process for issuing a wastewater permit for the project.
“This application proposes area mining of the Whitesburg, Fireclay, FC Rider, and the Hamlin Area coal seams,” the report said. “There will also be a contour cut made in the Amburgy coal seam. Over the life of the permit, a total of 148.47 surface acres will be affected.” This project, which would allow for the continuation of 40 jobs, is also covered by Kentucky Department for Natural Resources mine permit #867-0511NW.
The proposed operation would result in $2.1m of coal severance tax revenue that could be utilized and returned back into the local community. This amount is based upon approximately 1.8 million tons of coal being mined.
Revelation Energy was formed a few years ago by Hoops as an expansion vehicle in the Central Appalachia coalfields of eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. It has grown rapidly since then, with three facilities and nine surface mines in those three states listed under its name in the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration database. Two of those operations are in Virginia, one is in West Virginia and the rest are in Kentucky.