S & M Energy Resources nears permits on W.Va. coal mine

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a May 7 notice that S & M Energy Resources LLC of North Springs, W.Va., is seeking an Article 11/West Virginia National Pollutant Discharge Elimination water permit for a mine project located near Brenton in McDowell County.

The permit is need in order to operate a deep mine and haulroad in the Red Ash seam/mineral bed and discharge treated water and stormwater runoff into Lick Branch of Horse Creek and an un-named tributary of Horse Creek of the Guyandotte River. The public notice marks the fact that this application, filed in March 2010 for the S&M Mine No. 1, moved on May 7 from an agency field office to the DEP’s main office for final approval. S & M Energy has three other water permit applications pending at the agency’s water division, for S&M Mine No. 2, Zack’s Branch No. 1 and Zack’s Branch No. 2.

DEP records show that a March 2010 application for a mine permit for S&M Mine No. 1 moved on May 4 from a DEP field office to the main office for final approval. The other pending mine permit application for the company is the S&M Mine No. 2 application, for a room-and-pillar job working the Douglas coal seam at a site near Brenton in McDowell County. The Zack’s Branch mines are not covered by any pending mine permit applications and S & M Energy has no issued mine permits currently in its name.

S & M Energy has no mines currently listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. The company was first listed with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining in April 2010, with OSM showing it as 50-50 owned by Don Salyers and Glenn Morgan.