coal mines 300MCLEAN COUNTY, Ky. (7/3/13) – At a time when President Barack Obama is vowing to do more to implement efforts to reduce the amount of coal used in the U.S., at least one company is pressing ahead with plans to mine coal in the region.
 
Rhino Resource Partners VP of Investor Relations Scott Morris told SurfKY News today that the company is in the early stages of developing approximately 12,000 acres in McLean and Daviess counties to serve as a coal mine facility, with the entrance in McLean County. (Taxes generated by the sale of coal are typically collected in the county where the mine entrance is located.)
 
Morris said despite the Obama administration’s stance on coal as an energy source, the company is operating under current environmental policies.
 
“It’s hard to tell what to expect at this point,” Morris said. “We still think coal has a place for … energy production.”
 
Morris said the mine is expected to open in June 2014 with production estimates starting at 800,000 annually, based on a contract Rhino has with an unnamed utility company. He added that as more contracts are signed with other companies for coal purchases, the amount mined could climb as high as two million tons annually, possibly as early as 2017.
 
Initially, the mine will employ almost 70 people in full-time positions. If the plant reaches anticipated maximum production rate, the number of workers could nearly quadruple to closer to 250 full-time, Morris said.
 
Rhino Resource Partners is based in Lexington.
 
Dennis Beard
SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
1 DOW 18,077.84
+39.87 (0.22%)    
2 S&P 2,111.49
+2.57 (0.12%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,054.72
-5.53 (-0.11%)    
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7899

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 5091

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4435

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4138

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 4077

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 13694

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8925

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 27, 2015 2247

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 1961

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 1067

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 1058

Church Attempts to ‘Inspire’ Teens in Self-Worth,…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 760

Smoke Filled House Prompts 911 Call

by Madisonville Fire Dept.
April 27, 2015 705

Traffic Advisory for Western Kentucky

by Keith Todd
April 27, 2015 696

Mustangs Lose to Ohio County via Shutout

by Steve LeMaster
April 28, 2015 667

ATV Driver Injured When Vehicle Overturns

by SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 583

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 520

Lady Mustangs Take Two from Calloway in…

by Steve LeMaster