“We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide good paying jobs in Logan County and to create a one-of-a-kind site that will help local residents affected by flooding and other emergencies,” said Mike Snelling, vice president of surface mining, Massey Energy. “We appreciate the help and leadership supplied by Governor Tomblin, former Governor Manchin and many Logan County officials in helping to move the project forward.”

Highland first applied for the Corps permit in August 2007. Highland received a surface mining permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in 2008.