Paul Vining, Chief Executive Officer of the Cline Group, announced Nov. 17 the appointment of James O. Bunn II as Vice President of Operations for Cline affiliate, Cutlass Collieries LLC.
Bunn reports directly to Vining and is responsible for operations at the Donkin underground (and under-ocean) coal mining project in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and other international projects. The Donkin mine involves entries on land, with the mine works then moving under the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean. This type of mining has been done in the past in this region.
Vining said: “Jim has a strong proven track record of mine development and operations in the USA. His inclusive management approach and focus on employee safety and community relationships will serve the Donkin Project well as the Cline Group moves towards commercial start up of the Donkin mine in 2016.”
Bunn said: “I represent the fourth generation of my family in the coal business and am grateful for the opportunity to join Cutlass.”
Bunn’s career spans twenty years in the coal sector working in sales, management, operations and joint ventures. Just prior to this appointment, he served as Managing Member of Coal River Energy of Alum Creek, W.Va. He is a West Virginia native and graduate of Appalachian State University who, among other pots, serves on the Board of Directors at the West Virginia Coal Association.