Arch subsidiary ICG Tygart Valley is examining alternate locations for the air shaft due to concerns from residents regarding the original proposed site, primarily fan noise and methane liberation.

DEP officials are now asking the operator to provide information about minimizing noise at any proposed vent shaft site; thought it noted that it does not foresee methane-related issues, it will still include related data in its review.

ICG Tygart Valley has agreed to resubmit its original permit modification request as a Significant Incidental Boundary Revision (IBR) as alternate locations are considered. A Significant IBR requires a four-time advertisement and a public comment period ending 30 days after the final ad is published.

The DEP will review all application documentation and comments received before deciding whether to approve the shaft’s construction.