Patriot’s Eastern Associated Coal unit pursues new permits

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a June 12 public notice that it has received an application for an Article 11/West Virginia National Pollutant Discharge Elimination water permit for a deep mine project of Eastern Associated Coal LLC, a unit of Patriot Coal (NYSE: PCX).

The permit is needed in order to open and operate the Gateway No. 2 deep mine in the Matewan coal seam, the notice said. The operation will discharge treated and stormwater into an unnamed tributary of Skin Fork, Skin Fork of Pond Fork and unnamed tributaries of Pond Fork, Pond Fork of Coal River. This operation will located 4.5 miles northwest of Kopperston in Boone County.

The DEP database shows that a companion mine permit application, dating from September 2010, for the Gateway No. 2 room-and-pillar job is also pending, in this case at the agency’s mining division. There are two other mine permit applications pending for Eastern Associated as of June 12 for:

  • the Eagle 6 room-and-pillar mine, which would work the Eagle seam at a site near Oceana in Boone County; and
  • the Gateway No. 3 room-and-pillar job, which would work the 2 Gas coal seam at a site near Kopperston in Boone County.
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