Black Warrior Minerals seeks permit for Alabama surface coal mine

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Mobile, Alabama, is taking comment until Sept. 28 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from Black Warrior Minerals Inc. for a coal mine project located near Kimberly in Jefferson County, Alabama.

“The basic project purpose is for coal extraction,” said a Corps notice. “The applicant is proposing a surface mining activity, which includes the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the U.S. through the construction of sediment detention basins and mine-through activities. These activities would impact 11,899 linear feet (lf) of ephemeral streams, 403 lf of intermittent streams, 0.53 acre of wetlands, and 2.53 acres of impoundments. The project encompasses 1,293 acres of land, portions of which contain unreclaimed highwalls from prior surface mining activities at the site.”

This is called the Mine No. 2 project.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration database shows Black Warrior Minerals as controlled by Roger W. Perry, Rance Perry and Leah Perry-Haynie. MSHA has the company with three listed mines (Manchester, Fleetwood Mine No. 1 and Black Warrior Mine No. 1) in Alabama, with all of them being surface jobs and all classified as active.