Winchester Mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Winchester Mine is an underground coal mine in Cabin Creek, West Virginia which is owned by Patriot Coal and operated by its subsidiary Winchester Mining. The mine is part of the Paint Creek mining complex, which consists of one surface mine, Samples Mine (announced for closure in 2009), and one underground mine, Winchester Mine, which utilizes the continuous mining method.[1]

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Mine Data

  • MSHA ID: 4609230
  • Operator: Winchester Mining
  • Controller: Patriot Coal
  • Union:
  • County: Kanawha
  • State: WV
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  • 2007 Production (short tons):
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mining Method: Underground
  • Mine Status: Active
  • Average No. of Employees:

Regulatory Issues

On January 18, 2012, Patriot Coal agreed to build and operate new treatment systems for 43 water discharge outfalls on 10 different permits in West Virginia. The new settlement, intended to resolve claims under the Clean Water Act relating to Patriot’s mining activities in West Virginia, covers water pollution outlets at Patriot’s Hobet 21 Surface Mine complex along the Boone-Lincoln border, the Samples Mine complex in the Cabin Creek area, and the Ruffner Mine in Logan County. The deal also requires Patriot to drop any future plans for mining a major permit at its Jupiter-Callisto Mine in Boone County, West Virginia, and to pay $7.5 million in civil penalties, to be allocated between the federal government and the West Virginia Land Trust for land preservation projects within the Kanawha River and Guyandotte River watersheds.[2]

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References

  1. "Patriot Coal Mines" Patriot Coal website, accessed January 2012.
  2. Ken Ward Jr., "Breaking: Patriot agrees to huge selenium cleanup" Coal tattoo, January 18, 2012.

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