The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Pittsburgh is taking public comment until Nov. 13 an a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from Oxford Mining Co. LLC covering disturbance of wetlands and unnamed tributaries to Rush Run in Jefferson County, Ohio, related to an expansion of the Ellis surface mine.
“The applicant proposes to expand the Ellis Coal Mine by extracting the No. 8, 8A, and 9 coal seams by contour mining at the 543 acre Ellis Adjacent site,” said a Corps public notice. “In all 144 acres will be strip mined and 276 acres will be auger/ highwall mined. Aquatic resource impacts associated with the coal mining activity are proposed in the amount of 8,111 linear feet of unnamed tributaries to Rush Run and 2.54 acres of wetlands. Once mining is complete, the site will be reclaimed by seeding, planting, and mulching and impacted streams and wetlands will be reconstructed in the amount of 8,111 linear feet of stream channel and a minimum of 3.81 acres of wetland.”
Stream mitigation is proposed to restore the physical and biological integrity of the stream beyond current conditions, and to provide a naturally stable stream channel and improve the physical aquatic habitat features. To buffer these reconstructed stream channels, a minimum width of 50 feet on either side will be planted with 600 trees per acre to provide a riparian corridor. A conservation instrument protecting these mitigated resources in perpetuity is also proposed, the Corps noted.
Oxford Mining is a unit of Oxford Resource Partners LP (NYSE: OXF).