Revelation Energy pursues expanded coal mine in eastern Ky.

Revelation Energy LLC is looking to add new acres to a surface mine along the line between Perry and Owsley counties, Ky., that would involve the extraction of 1.7 million tons of coal.

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection on Sept. 25 went out for public comment on the wastewater permit for this project, which will also be covered by Amendment 3 to Kentucky Department for Natural Resources mine permit No. 897-0518.

“The proposed project is a contour, area, highwall, auger re-mining operation (KDNR Permit No. 897-0518 A3),” said a socioeconomic report on the project written by the company and filed with the DEP. “The project will be recovering coal reserves from the Hazard #5A, Hazard #8, and Hazard #9 coal seams. The site is located 1.1 mile northwest from junction KY Hwy 484 and KY Hwy 2022 in Perry and Owsley County within the Mistletoe USGS 7.5 minute quadrangle. (Note that only a small portion of the project is within Owsley County, and all additions to the project associated with Amendment 3 are within Perry County; therefore, Perry County will be the only county discussed throughout the remaining application). The nearest community is Saul, Kentucky, which is approximately 2.7 miles east of the project site, and the affected geographic region the proposed project is expected to affect is defined as Perry County.”

This operation will provide for the continuation of an estimated 60 higher-wage jobs in the area workforce, the company noted. The recovery of the Hazard #5A, Hazard #8, and Hazard #9 coal seams over the life of the project will produce over 1.7 million tons of coal.

Portions of this area in Perry County have been previously disturbed by coal mining operations, logging and timber harvest, urban and residential development and agricultural practices. Amendment 3 proposes the addition of 47.5 acres of contour mining of the Hazard #5A coal seam; the addition of 21.1 acres of highwall/auger underlying acreage of the Hazard #5A, Hazard #8, and Hazard #9 seams; and the addition of 21.1 acres of contour mining of the Hazard #8 coal seam.

The socioeconomic report was signed by Todd Tackett, Revelation’s Vice President of Engineering.

Revelation Energy was founded several years ago by coal executive Jeff Hoops, who had previously built Central Appalachia coal producer Trinity Coal. Revelation has several surface mining operations in eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia.

Revelation is backed by Connecticut-based investment company Lime Rock Partners, which says about the company on its website: “Revelation Energy is a Milton, West Virginia-based startup coal mining company focused on surface mining and associated infrastructure projects in the Central Appalachian region.” Lime Rock Partners initially invested in the company in 2009.

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