Buffalo Mountain Mine

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The Buffalo Mountain Mine is a proposed 2,308 acre mountaintop removal mine by CONSOL Energy between Belo and Delbarton in Mingo County, West Virginia.

In 2009, Governor Manchin asked the EPA to approve a permit for the mine. The mine is considered another step towards completion of the King Coal Highway, designed to be 95 miles from Bluefield to Williamson, eventually joining a new interstate highway connecting Michigan to Myrtle Beach. To build the highway, state officials are allowing coal companies to use mountaintop removal to prepare the roadbed.

The EPA has signaled it has concerns with the project: On the day President Obama was inaugurated, the EPA sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, stating that the EPA believes that the "proposal will contribute to a violation of the State’s water quality standards downstream and that the direct and cumulative impacts from this and future mines and possible development associated with the King Coal Highway will be persistent and permanent.” The letter went on to say that the damage “cannot be sufficiently or effectively compensated through the proposed mitigation, therefore EPA must recommend denial of the permit as proposed.” Federal officials noted that the mine will bury nearly 10 miles of streams.[1]

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  • Controller: CONSOL Energy
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  • County: Mingo County
  • State: WV
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  • Mining Method: MTR
  • Mine Status: Seeking permits (January 2012)
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