Coyote Coal pursues permits for West Virginia mines

The Coyote Coal Co. LLC unit of Patriot Coal is seeking an Article 11/West Virginia National Pollutant Discharge Elimination water permit on a new surface mine located along the Boone-Kanawha county line, said the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in an Aug. 17 notice.

The water permit is needed in order to open and operate a proposed coal surface mine (Joes Creek Surface Mine-SMA S300108) in the No. 6 Block, No. 5 Block, Lower 5 Block, Upper Clarion, Clarion, Upper Stockton, Middle Stockton, Stockton, Upper Coalburg, Lower Coalburg, Upper Winifrede seams and seam splits, the notice said.

The mine permit application for the 1,655-acre Joes Creek mine was filed by the company at the DEP’s mining division in January 2008 and is still pending. The mine would work various seams, including the Clarion, Coalburg and 5 Block.

There are five other pending applications from Coyote Coal at the DEP’s mining division, for the: Fivemile Refuse Impoundment; the Cub Adkins Haulroad; the 1,226-acre Cub Branch strip mine; the 1,087-acre Stanley Fork strip mine; and the 471-acre Hill Fork strip mine.

The three Coyote Coal operations listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are the Toms Fork Loadout, and the Buffalo No. Gas and Trace Branch deep mines.

Parent Patriot Coal, incidentally, sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 9 and is in the early stages of a reorganization.

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