Strata Mining pursues big coal mine project in eastern Kentucky

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Louisville, Ky., is taking public comment until June 13 on an application by Strata Mining for a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit on a new strip mine near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line in Bell County, Ky.

The project is about 0.5 miles northwest of Pruden and Fonde. This mine would be a contour, auger and highwall miner job working the Red Springs, Low Splint, Hignite, Strays, Sterling, Poplar Lick, Buckeye Springs and Mingo/Mason coal beds and associated seam splits within a 2,523-acre mining area. That is an unusually large strip mine for eastern Kentucky.

This is called the Multi-Seam #1 mine and is to be covered by Kentucky Department for Natural Resources mine permit #807-0383. There are 33 streams within the permit boundary and a Corps notice about this permitting outlines how the company plans to mitigate stream impacts from the mining.

Strata Mining has no operations listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. U.S. Office of Surface Mining data shows the company as 75% owned by Ronald Robinson, who is mentioned in the Corps notice, and 25% owned by Phillip Waller.

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