As part of expanding mining operations, RoxCoal Inc. is applying for a permit to mine 2,467 underground acres in Stonycreek Township.

An existing active mine would be used to access the new site, said Mark Tercek, engineering vice president for RoxCoal and sister company PBS Coals Inc.

The proposed operation would discharge treated wastewater and mine drainage water into Glades Creek and an unnamed tributary to Glades Creek, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP has scheduled a public meeting on the application at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department.

The discharge should not affect water quality in the waterways, Tercek said, because it will be treated at an above-ground treatment pond. He added that he didn’t believe the company had fielded any calls from concerned citizens about the discharge.

At the public meeting, DEP district mining operations staff will conduct general discussions on underground mining and answer specific questions on RoxCoal’s proposed operation.

The department also will accept written and oral testimony for public record, according to a release.

Copies of the application are on file for public review at the Somerset County Recorder of Deeds Office in Somerset.

Hank Parke, PBS director of business development, said the deep mine is part of an expansion effort to meet increasing global demand for coal.

Since the beginning of the year, PBS and RoxCoal have hired more than 75 miners, with plans to hire another 75 in the next nine months, he said.

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