Rhino permits extra barge fleeting for new Kentucky coal mine

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Louisville will be taking comment from July 2 to Aug. 1 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act application for an expanded barge fleeting area on the Green River for Pennyrile Energy LLC.

The site is at Green River Mile 36.2-36.5, 36.0 on the right descending bank. The Green River is a major barge thoroughfare for western Kentucky coal moving into the Ohio River system.

“The proposed work includes the expansion of a currently approved barge fleeting facility associated with the Riveredge Mine (LRL-2005-1509 and LRL-2005-1509-a) in McLean County, KY,” said a Corps notice. “The applicant proposes to expand the size of two approved fleeting areas adjacent to the existing loading facility through the construction of a total of 8 additional deadmen, which would increase the cumulative fleeting capacity of the two areas from 4 barges to 20 barges.”

Riveredge is the new deep mine that Pennyrile Energy, a subsidiary of Rhino Resource Partners LP (NYSE: RNO), recently opened up in McLean County. Initial annual production is targeted for 0.8 million tons per year, with the possibility to expand up to 2 million tons per year.

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