Trust Resources seeks permit for Indiana surface coal mine

Trust Resources LLC of Evansville, Ind., is pursuing a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit for a new 840-acre surface coal mine, located on unnamed tributaries and associated wetlands and open waters of the East Fork of the White River, northwest of Pottersville in Daviess County, Ind.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Louisville, Ky., will be taking public comment on the application, for the Vigo Captain Daviess mine project, until Nov. 13.

“The applicant proposes to conduct surface coal mining activities, including coal processing and associated support activities, on an 840-acre site,” said a Corps public notice. “Approximately 330 acres of the 840-acre proposed project site has been mined post Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) and reclaimed.”

The Corps added: “The proposed project would result in the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into 31,005 linear feet of ephemeral streams, 19,879 linear feet of intermittent streams, 5.441 acres of forested wetlands, 5.646 acres of emergent wetlands, and 44.176 acres of open waters. All economically recoverable coal, approximately 4 million tons, would be removed during the excavation of the area, processed, and sold. The area would be returned to approximate original contours, covered with stockpiled soil, revegetated, and returned to an approved post-mine land use through the SMCRA process. The site is pending SMCRA approval under Permit No. S-371.”

An Indana Department of Natural Resources mine map for the state shows that the Trust Resources mine will be located just southeast of Dogwood Lake and just north of the Shamrock strip mine of Solar Sources.

Trust Resources was listed in the U.S. Office of Surface Mining’s ownership and control database in November 2011 and that data shows that it is 100% owned by Vigo Coal Land LLC, which in turn is 100% owned by Vigo Coal Co. Inc., an established coal producer in Indiana. The managers of Trust Resources are Michael Schiele, John Harman and Raymond Purk.

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