The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a May 16 public notice that the Cliffs Logan County Coal LLC unit of Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) is nearing a mine permit (#U501311) for a deep mine in Logan and Wyoming counties.
“Notice is hereby given that Cliffs Logan County Coal LLC has submitted an application to the DEP for an Article 3 permit for the surface disturbance of approximately 17.22 acres in order to construct and face-up a deep mine and haulroad in the Eagle seam of coal,” said the notice. “The proposed operation is discharging into an unnamed tributary of/and Toney Fork of Huff Creek of the Guyandotte River of the Ohio River and is located 2.0 miles northwest of Cyclone in the Oceana District of Wyoming County.”
The notice marks the fact that on May 16 this November 2011 application on the Eagle No. 1 deep mine moved from a DEP field office to the agency’s main office for final approval. Cliffs Logan County Coal has two other mine permit applications pending with the DEP: for the 711-acre Elklick surface mine in Boone and Logan counties; and the 764-acre Toney Fork No. 3 strip mine in Boone County.
With the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, the company has seven operations listed, with four of them deep mines, one surface mine (called Toney Fork), the Saunders prep plant and the Elk Lick Tipple.
“Cliffs Logan County Coal property is located within Boone, Logan and Wyoming counties in southern West Virginia,” said the Feb. 12 annual Form 10-K report of Cliffs Natural Resources. “CLCC currently produces metallurgical and thermal coal from surface and underground mines that are served by a preparation plant and unit-train load out facility on the CSXT. Three underground mines, the Powellton No. 1, Dingess-Chilton and Lower War Eagle mines, produce high-volatile metallurgical coal using room and pillar retreat mining methods using continuous miner equipment. The Toney Fork No. 2 surface mine produces thermal coal with a combination of contour strip area mining and point removal methods.”