Wednesday, September 8, 2010

County approves new mine at Scofield

The Carbon County Commission has granted a conditional use permit for a new coal mine whose portal and surface facilities would be on the east side of Scofield Town. The proposed Kinney No. 2 mine would employ about 200 miners and produce between 2 million and 3 million tons per year. Much of this coal belongs to Carbon County, which stands to collect royalties.

Mine owner Carbon Resources, LLC, still has to get several federal and state permits to begin operation. Gregory Hunt, part owner of Carbon Resources, told the commission that the company is only about a month away from completing one major hurdle, its permit application from the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. Other approvals for highway modification, air and water quality and surface disturbance are either approved or under review.

If all goes according to schedule, construction could begin next spring or summer, Hunt said. Sun Advocate