McCoy Elkhorn Gains Approvals for Extended Cuts


American Resources Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiary Quest Energy and McCoy Elkhorn Coal, has received federal approval from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to take extended cuts on its first super section at McCoy Elkhorn’s Mine No. 15. The approval allows for an increased cut depth from 20 feet to 32 feet within the Glamorgan/Millard coal seam. Production from Mine No. 15 is belted directly into Quest Energy’s McCoy Elkhorn Coal Bevins Branch processing and load-out facilities, enabling cost-effective logistics, processing and blending capabilities, and sold in the High-Vol B metallurgical markets.

“We are very pleased with the timing of this approval from MSHA as we received it earlier than anticipated and enables us to further enhance our efficiencies at our McCoy Elkhorn operations,” said Mark Jensen, CEO of American Resources. “Additionally, we’re proud of our strong working relationship with federal and state regulators, and our team prides itself on operating under a culture of safety and efficiency.

“This approval also exemplifies how we strive to be one of the lowest-cost producer in the metallurgical and specialty coal market.”

Jensen said the company will continue to identify other areas of operational efficiency in its continuing goal to be one of the lowest cost operators in Central Appalachia and throughout all its coal mining, processing and transportation operations.