The Little Eagle Coal Co. LLC unit of CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) applied Oct. 1 at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for permits on both a deep mine and a haulroad located in Fayette County.
One of the applications covered the Lick Branch No. 3 room-and-pillar mine, to work the Powellton coal seam at a site near Gauley Bridge, just south of the Nicholas County line. The permit would cover 27 acres of surface support area. A DEP map shows this mine would be located next to one section of the 464-acre Bridge Fork West strip job of Powellton Coal Co. LLC, another CONSOL subsidiary. Bridge Fork West got a mine permit from the DEP in 2004 and the agency website shows this strip job as “active, reclamation only.”
The other Oct. 1 application from Little Eagle Coal covers Haulroad No. 1, located near Jodie in Fayette County and covering a total of 91 acres.
Also pending at the DEP under Little Eagle Coal is one other mine permit application, dating back to August 2011, for the Peachorchard No. 2 room-and-pillar mine, to be located along the Clay/Nicholas county line near Bickmore and working the Coalburg seam.
Little Eagle Coal has two mines listed under its name at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration; the active Ike Fork 5 Block deep mine and the nonproducing Lick Branch No. 2 deep mine. Powellton Coal has only one mine listed with MSHA; the nonproducing Bridge Fork No. 1 strip job.