Appolo Fuels seeks permit for 27,000 ton/mo strip mine

Appolo Fuels Inc. is pursuing a wastewater permit from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection on a new strip mine to be located in southern Bell County, Ky., just on the Kentucky side of the Tennessee border.

The DEP on Nov. 29 put out for comment a socioeconomic report on the project that was written by the company. The mine would also be covered under Kentucky Department for Natural Resources mine permit #807-0305.

This would be a contour mining operation, with auger and highwall miner components, working the Hignite coal bend. It would employ about 25 people and produce about 27,000 clean tons per month for 48 months. The assumed sale price of this coal for purposes of estimating tax revenues for government is $50 per ton.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration database shows only one operation listed under Appolo Fuels – the Tipple #3 in Bell County – and that the company is controlled by Gary Asher.

The more extensive U.S. Office of Surface Mining database shows that Appolo Fuels is owned by Larry Asher (24%), John Asher (52%) and Gary Asher (24%). OSM data on mine permit #807-0305, which was uploaded to the OSM database by the Kentucky DNR, shows this is a 494-acre mine that had Tackett Creek Mining Inc. approved as a site operator in February of this year.

The MSHA database has two surface mines, both considered as active, listed under Tackett Creek Mining – the No. 2 job in Bell County and the Davis Creek operation in Campbell County, Tenn.

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