The Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management issued three coal mining permits in August, including a permit for a new deep mine planned by Rosebud Mining and a permit for the latest strip job of Oxford Mining Co. LLC.
A list of issued mine permits from the division, updated to Sept. 1, shows these August approvals:
- Rosebud Mining got a new permit for the DM-16 room-and-pillar deep mine in Carroll County. The permit covers 45 surface acres for support area and 2,578 underground acres of reserves in the #6 coal seam. Rosebud Mining is based in Pennsylvania and controlled by J. Clifford Forrest. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration database shows no mine by that name listed under Rosebud Mining, with the company’s only listed deep mines in Ohio being Tusky, Bergholz 7 and Vail.
- Rosebud Mining also got an approval to add 15 acres of auger-only surface mining in the #5 seam at its previously-permitted Hamilton 1 mine in Stark County. There is no mine by that name listed with MSHA, though there is a “Stark Pits” operation listed with that agency that apparently includes all the company’s strip operations in Stark County.
- Oxford Mining, a unit of Oxford Resource Partners (NYSE: OXF), got a permit for the new, 178-acre Lafferty-Kaczor surface mine. This operation would work the #9 coal seam at a site in Belmont County. There is no mine currently listed under that name with MSHA. Oxford’s Ohio coal production comes from a series of smallish, relatively short-lived strip jobs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was seeking public comment earlier this year on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit for Lafferty-Kaczor.