The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Nashville is taking public comment until Oct. 20 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from Nally & Hamilton Enterprises on a 932-acre strip mine project in Bell County, Ky.
The Upper Path Fork #2 mine, to be covered by this permit, is within the company’s Balkan Mining Area, the Corps noted in a Sept. 20 public notice. The mine site is located near Cubage in Bell County.
This would be a contour and highwall/auger job working the Pathfork, Harlan and Kellioka/Darby coal seams. To be covered by the permit are four hollow fills and the company is proposing various means to mitigate the water impacts of this project.
Nally & Hamilton, controlled by Thomas Hamilton, is one of the largest independent coal operators in Central Appalachia. Among the operations listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration under the company is the new Pathfork #1 strip mine in Harlan County, Ky., which had no recorded production through the first half of this year. Another company operation listed with MSHA is the Balkan facility in Bell County.