Patriot Coal’s Coyote Coal unit pursues new mine permits

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a May 17 public notice that Coyote Coal Co. LLC is seeking an Article 11/West Virginia National Pollutant Discharge Elimination water permit for the Stanley Fork surface mine in Boone County.

“A surface mine utilizing area, contour and highwall/auger methods of mining in the Lower Coalburg, Coalburg, Lower Stockton, Upper Stockton, Upper Stockton Rider, Lower Five Block, Lower Five Block Rider and Upper Five Block seams of coal,” said the notice. “The operation will discharge treated and stormwater into Unnamed Tributaries of/and Perry Fork and Stanley Fork of Brushy Fork of Spruce Fork and Unnamed Tributaries of/and Laurel Fork of Spruce Fork of Little Coal River of Coal River and Buffalo Creek of Guyandotte River of the Ohio River.”

The DEP database shows that the mine permit (mine and water permits are issued by separate divisions at the agency) for the 1,087-acre Stanley Fork strip job was issued in December 2012. No inspections of the site had been done by the DEP’s mine inspectors as of May 20, indicating that development hasn’t started yet.

Coyote Coal has three pending mine permit applications at the DEP: for the Cub Adkins Haulroad; the 1,226-acre Cub Branch strip mine in Logan County; and the 262-acre Brushy Fork strip mine in Logan County.

Coyote Coal, a unit of bankruptcy-protected Patriot Coal, has three operations listed with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration: the active Toms Fork Loadout; the temporarily idled Buffalo No. 2 Gas deep mine; and the new Trace Branch deep mine.

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