Corps takes comment on coal mine permit application out of Alabama

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking comment until Nov. 24 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from Centennial Natural Resources LLC for Burton Bend No. 3 coal mine project in Alabama.

The proposed project is located in Walker County, Alabama, within the Mulberry Fork watershed. The basic project purpose is for coal extraction. The applicant proposes to surface area mine 286 acres, which includes the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States. These activities would impact 9,042 linear feet of intermittent streams and 3,322 linear feet of ephemeral stream.

The applicant stated total avoidance of all jurisdictional waters is not possible due to the location of the coal seams and topography of the area. Centennial adjusted the project boundary from the original design, which has reduced the impacts to intermittent streams by 2,240 linear feet and ephemeral streams by 1,084 linear feet, the Corps noted.

Alabama Secretary of State records show that Centennial, which was registered with the state late last year, has the same office address in Plano, Texas, as North American Coal. Centennial’s president is listed as Donald Franklin and its secretary of John Neumann. North American Coal, in recent decades a lignite producer, a couple of years ago diversified into the Alabama coal business. Neumann is listed on the North American Coal website as the company vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Alabama affiliates of North American Coal include Reed Minerals and C & H Mining. Its operations in the state include the Burton Bend Mine, Jap Creek Mine, Fish Trap Mine, Poplar Springs Mine and the Town Creek Mine.

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