Although the company agreed to the $6 million settlement, it was only required to make an upfront payment of $500,000 to the state. The full $6 million would be due if the company defaulted on the $500,000 fine.

Neither Frasure Creek Mining, which currently does not mine in Kentucky, nor its parent, Trinity Coal Corp., are allowed to obtain new mining permits in the commonwealth unless they first pay $2.75 million, according to the deal worked out in the final days of Gov. Steve Beshear’s admini