Proposed Nottingham coal mine clears local permitting

Posted January 26, 2015

Scott Beveridge
Observer Reporter

A Kentuckky coal operator received the second local permit it needs to open a new mine in Nottingham Township, where residents strongly oppose the operation.

Nottingham supervisors last week approved Lexington-based Ramaco’s subdivision and land-developments plans, setting 28 above-ground conditions on the project, Supervisor Peter Marcoline said.

Everything going forward depends on whether the state Department of Environmental Protection approves the company’s application to operate the mine, Marcoline said Monday.

“That is now the critical path,” said Rebecca Bowman of Peters Township, the company’s local attorney for the project.

Ramaco, established four years ago, began the permitting process in early 2013 to open the mine on Little Mingo Road, where it purchased 8 million tons of former Mathies Mine reserves. Its surface operations will require the construction of a bathhouse, portal and related structures on a former 71.6-acre horse farm. The company said it expects to create 40 new jobs at the mine.

The plan drew heavy opposition from local residents who oppose an industrial complex in their rural neighborhood, said Patrick Grenter, executive director of the Center for Coalfield Justice in Washington.

“It is out of step with the surrounding community,” Grenter said.

He said the center is concerned the permit application to the DEP contains insufficient information about the proposed mine.