The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Pittsburgh is taking comment until Dec. 15 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from Oxford Mining Co. LLC for a surface mine in Jefferson County, Ohio.
The application covers the 400-acre Piergallini mine in Smithfield Township. The project would impact 3,410 linear feet of stream and 0.08 acres of wetland.
A list of pending coal mine permit applications from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, updated to Oct. 1, shows 14 total pending applications from Oxford Mining for new mines or additional acres for existing mines. One of them is Piergallini, which would work the No. 8, No. 8A and No. 9 coal seams.
The Piergallini operation, based on acres, is the fourth largest of the pending Ohio DNR applications for Oxford Mining. The bigger ones are: Speidel (554 acres); Sandy Ridge AAA (638 acres); and the unusually large 1,030-acre Schooley Hollow mine, with that application having come in on Sept. 3 of this year.
Oxford Mining is a unit of Oxford Resource Partners LP (NYSE: OXF).