ArcelorMittal unit now pursuing nine W.Va. coal mine permits

The Mid-Vol Coal Sales unit of steelmaker ArcelorMittal is pursuing a permit for the 302-acre Blue Eagle strip mine, to be located near Powhatan in McDowell County, W.Va.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection database shows that the company filed the Blue Eagle mine permit application on Oct. 4. It covers an auger, contour and highwall miner job working the Lower Horsepen seam and various splits of the Pocahontas seams. Those seams, in this location, produce a high-quality metallurgical coal.

This brings to nine the number of pending mine permit applications for Mid-Vol Coal Sales. Seven are for surface mines, two are for deep mines, and all are located in McDowell County. The other strip mines are the 841-acre Easter Ridge job; the 406-acre Green Eagle No. 1 mine; the 513-acre Dan’s Branch job; the 350-acre Blue Falcon mine; the 359-acre Low Gap Branch job; and the 181-acre Grey Eagle mine. The deep mines are both room-and-pillar projects, with Eckman 9 working the Pocahontas No. 9 seam and the Jenkin Jones mine working the Pocahontas No. 4 seam.

The ArcelorMittal Princeton properties are in McDowell County and in Tazewell County, Va., about 30 miles west of Princeton, W.Va., said ArcelorMittal’s Feb. 22 annual Form 20-F filing at the SEC. The properties consist of two operating areas: the Low Vol operations and the Mid Vol operations.

  • The larger Low Vol operations are located in McDowell County, near Northfork, Keystone, Eckman, Gary, Berwind, and War. The Eckman Plant, Dans Branch Loadout, Eckman 2 and Redhawk 1 surface mines are also located here, as well as these deep mines: XMV Nos. 32, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40 and 42.
  • The Mid Vol operations are in southeastern McDowell County and northwestern Tazewell County. The nearest communities are Horsepen and Abbs Valley, Va., as well as Anawalt, W.Va.

The combined production of these mines in 2011 was 2.4 million tonnes of washed and directly shippable coal.

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