Marfork Coal Company is seeking to add 60 new jobs to the Coal River East facility in Pettus by October, Marfork Manager of Corporate Permitting Stephanie Morgan said Friday.

"It's a proposed deep mine," Morgan said. "We're in the permitting process now, and our goal is to try to have it permitted by the end of July so that we can go in and do the earth work."

She said Marfork officials hope the mine is operational by "late year," or October through December.

The mine hosts a high-volume seam of coal and will be called Black Eagle.

The Pettus mine is one of of the latest of at least three mines that are seeking permits in Raleigh County this year, Raleigh Commission President Dave Tolliver said Tuesday.

Pocahontas Coal operates the remaining two mines, a high wall operation in Josephine and a prep plant at Rhodell.

A timelines has not been set for the Pocahontas mines.

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