MCoal Corporation, owner and operator of Rosa Mine in Blount County, has filed an application with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to renew its auger mining permit for a period of five years. The mine is located on U. S. 231 between Rosa and Cleveland in the central part of the county.
The mining permit for Rosa Mine was initially granted in late 2009, with mining operations beginning in 2010. Mining was suspended in May of 2012 due to “operating losses and negative cash flows” suffered by MCoal’s parent company, NovaDx of Vancouver, British Columbia. The coal washer portion of the mine operated for a time under lease to D&E Mining Company of Jackson County, Alabama.
Currently, the coal washing operation continues under contract with B&T Mineral LLC of Dora, owned and managed by Bubba Youngblood, former mine manager for MCoal.
Youngblood said recently that permit renewal does not denote resumption of active mining by MCoal at this time. Rather, the company had to renew the permit in order for it to remain in effect, allowing them to resume mining at a later date if and when it becomes economically feasible to do so.
Responding to a question about the number of coal trucks seen entering and leaving the mine he said,“Right now, we’re just operating the coal washer, logging trucks in and out as they wash the coal on their way to delivering to their customers.”