Resource Area Details
Eastern Kentucky Cumberland Plateau Region
A note regarding B&W Resources, Inc.
B & W Resources, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lipari Energy, Inc.
For more information regarding the acquisition of B & W Resources, as well as details of our relationship, please visit the ABOUT US page.
The B & W properties are located in south-eastern Kentucky in a moderate climate zone. Temperatures are defined by season, falling to about 22°F in the winter, rising to 86°F in the summer, and ranging between 35°F to about 80°F during the spring and fall. This climate allows for year round operation.
The resource area lies in the plateau region of the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field physiographic region of the Cumberland Plateau Physiographic Province. The terrain is characterized by valleys and ridges. Elevations range from 700 feet (ft.) in the valleys to over 1,800ft on the ridgelines. Vegetation is primarily forest growth throughout the area.
The resource properties are somewhat scattered throughout the following four counties, with some being fairly remote and situated near several smaller towns and communities while others are close to the larger towns of Hazard, Manchester, and Hyden.
Estimated Population: 23,930
Avg. Persons per Square Mile: 50.1
County Seat: Manchester
Additional Details: B & W headquarters are located there, along with the preparation plant, rail load-out tipple and associated facilities.
Estimated Population: 11,639
Avg. Persons per Square Mile: 28.8
County Seat: Hyden
Additional Details: Hyden is approximately 25 miles east of Manchester.
Estimated Population: 4,634
Avg. Persons per Square Mile: 23.4
County Seat: Booneville
Additional Details: Booneville is about 25 miles northeast of Manchester.
Estimated Population: 29,241
Avg. Persons per Square Mile: 85.5
County Seat: Hazard
Additional Details: Hazard is just over 30 miles east/northeast of Manchester.
A network of primary, secondary, and unimproved roads extend throughout the report area. The Hal Rogers Parkway is the major highway running east-west and connecting Manchester and Hazard. It also connects Manchester to London, which is 20 miles further to the west, at which point it intersects with Interstate Highway 75 running north-south through Kentucky.
Other principal roads include U.S. Route 421, which runs northwest to southeast from Berea through Manchester and Hyden down to Harlan, and Kentucky State Routes 11, 15, 66, 80, 406, and 1482 throughout the four-county area.
Railroad access is available on the west side of the resource area through CSX at B & W’s load-out facility at Manchester, with service through Barboursville in the Jellico-Middlesboro/Harlan Rate District.
Small local airports are located near Manchester and Hazard and a larger regional airport is situated just south of London, while commercial passenger and cargo services are available in Lexington approximately 80 miles northwest of Manchester.
With relatively convenient access to Interstate 75 through the Parkway, several trucking companies provide hauling services to Manchester.
Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities
Natural gas is available in the Manchester area through the City of Manchester.
Public water supply is also available through the City of Manchester in Manchester, and by Kentucky American Water Company throughout much of the region.
Adequate natural water supply is available for sustaining B & W’s operations; an abandoned underground mine, which B & W has permitted, provides an ample fresh water supply and reservoir for the tipple and preparation plant operations.