The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is taking comment until June 5 on an air permit modification application to increase throughput at the Tunnel Ridge Mine facilities in Ohio County, W.Va.
This is a relatively new Pittsburgh-seam longwall mine developed by Alliance Resource Partners LP. No new equipment other than diesel fuel tanks will be installed as part of these permit revisions.
Alliance’s Tunnel Ridge LLC planned to open and operate the Tunnel Ridge mine in two distinct phases. Phase I consisted of the initial face-up and installation of the temporary slope conveyor to handle initial continuous miner corridor development production as the entries are driven from the face-up area into the seam. Phase II involves additional construction in preparation for higher production volumes and changes to the existing permit.
Said the Alliance website: “The Tunnel Ridge reserve area covers approximately 9,400 acres of coal under land located in Ohio County, West Virginia, and Washington County, Pennsylvania. This includes approximately 100.3 million tons of high-sulfur coal as of December 31, 2011. Longwall production began at Tunnel Ridge in May 2012.” The website says the mine produced 6.3 million tons of coal in 2014.