New refuse area being permitted at Robinson Run mine in West Virginia

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Pittsburgh is taking comment until June 26 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from Consolidation Coal covering new refuse disposal area for the Robinson Run longwall mine in Harrison County, W.Va.

This is one of the mines, working the high-sulfur Pittsburgh coal seam, that CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) sold earlier this decade to Murray Energy.

The application covers raising the crest of an existing impoundment area, allowing more storage of refuse from the mine. This extra area will cover the mine for the rest of its planned life, the Corps noted.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration reports that Robinson Run produced 2 million tons in the first quarter of this year, and 6.7 million tons in all of 2014.

This mine was included in a May 22 announcement from Murray Energy about layoffs at several mines. At Harrison County Coal Co., 92 hourly and 16 salaried positions are to be eliminated. There are still 553 jobs at this mine.

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