The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said in a notice to be published in the July 26 Federal Register that it is preparing a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment and associated Environmental Assessment (EA) on a 160-acre coal reserve in Alabama.
BLM is responding to lease application ALES-55199 for Jefferson County, Ala. The July 26 notice initiates the public scoping process for the Draft RMP Amendment and associated EA for the lease application.
The application, filed by Best Coal Inc., covers an area approximately five miles north of Mt. Olive, Ala., on Glovers Bend Road. The proposed lease area totals 160 acres. The applicant proposes to mine the federal coal in the lease application area by surface methods. The surface estate overlying the lease application area is privately owned.
Best Coal, controlled by Otis Robison and Kendall Robison, has two surface mines in Alabama (Narley and Jagger) registered with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.