Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 14, 2013

Company scales back proposed Kanawha surface mine

Associated Press

CHARLESTON —  Keystone Development has scaled back plans for a proposed surface mine near Kanawha State Forest.

The company is seeking a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection for a 413.8-acre surface mine. In 2009, Keystone proposed a 597-acre surface mine.

Keystone dropped plans for a mile-long valley fill. The company now proposes hauling rock and other debris to an adjacent surface mine.

Keystone also plans to mine no closer than 588 feet from the state forest boundary. The 2009 proposal called for mining as close as 100 feet from the boundary.

The Charleston Gazette ) reports that the DEP held an informal conference on the proposed surface mine this week at Riverside High School.