Keystone Rethinks Plans for Surface Mine

Keystone Development has scaled back plans for a proposed surface mine near Kanawha State Forest. The company is seeking a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection for a 413.8-acre surface mine. In 2009, Keystone proposed a 597-acre surface mine. Keystone dropped plans for a mile-long valley fill. The company now proposes hauling rock and other debris to an adjacent surface mine. The Charleston Gazette reported that the DEP held an informal conference on the proposed surface mine this week at Riverside High School.