Mason Dixon Mining Complex

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The Mason Dixon Mining Complex is a proposed 3,200 acre longwall mine by CONSOL Energy subsidiary Wolfpen Knob Development Company. The complex would be just west of Wadestown in Monongalia County, West Virginia. As of January 2012, CONSOL Energy is seeking permits for the complex, which would consist of a deep mine, a processing plant, a large coal ash disposal area, a water coal slurry impoundment, and a 6-mile rail line.

CONSOL would add the operation to its nearby Blacksville 2 Mine, Loveridge 22 Mine, and Robinson Run 95 Mine. Under a 2011 settlement agreement, CONSOL is building a $200 million water treatment system to manage discharges from Blacksville, Loveridge and Robinson Run. At a January 2012 permit hearing, local residents asked why CONSOL wanted to establish a new mine that will not feed into the new treatment system, and if the newly proposed Mason Dixon system would add new water pollution concerns.

According to the West Virginia State Journal: "Property owners and coal miners in the Wadestown area have been hearing about [the proposed mine] for years. They've seen the company's purchases of property and its demolition of houses."[1]

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  • Operator: Wolfpen Knob Development Company
  • Controller: CONSOL Energy
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  • County: Monongalia County
  • State: WV
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  • Mining Method: Longwall
  • Mine Status: Seeking permits (January 2012)
  • Average No. of Employees: 520 (projected)

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References

  1. Pam Casey, "Mon County residents have questions about proposed CONSOL mine," West Virginia State Journal, Jan. 18, 2012.

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