The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a Sept. 28 public notice that it has received an application for a permit on a deep mine in Wyoming County of Synergy Coal LLC.
“This application allows the construction and operation of an underground mine and associated facilities,” the notice said. “The Eagle seam of coal will be mined using the room and pillar method of mining.”
The DEP’s mining division database shows that this application, for the Mine 1 job located near Oceana, was filed on April 18. The public notice marks the fact that the application has been deemed as administratively complete, meaning all the blanks have been filled in and it can nowget months of further processing.
Synergy Coal has one other mine permit application pending at the DEP, which was filed May 11 for the Mine 2 room-and-pillar job, also located near Oceana and working the “Giblert” coal seam. That is a typo and should actually be the Gilbert seam.
The company, under that corporate name, has no operations listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. The company was first listed in the U.S. Office of Surface Mining database on July 12, with T. Michael Shelton shown as the 85% owner and Matthew Winslow owning 10% (no owner or owners are shown for the other 5%). OSM shows Shelton with other coal connections, including assistant treasurer jobs in the 1980s at Island Creek Coal and Twin Branch Coal. OSM doesn’t show any past ownership-and-control positions for Winslow.
The West Virginia Secretary of State corporate database shows Shelton’s full name as Thomas M. Shelton, and that he is the company’s only member. The company first listed itself at the Secretary of State’s office in October 2011, with Winslow shown as a company organizer.