This mine has abundant volumes of the highest quality of CL and CH clays in the Greater New Orleans Area, and is only 25 miles east of New Orleans, one mile North of Highway 90 on Whites Road in Pearlington, Ms.
It has provided millions of tons of earthen clay material to USACE levee projects since Hurricane Katrina. In 2009 the mine, through an affiliated company, Chapel Hill, LLC was awarded the largest earthen clay material supply contract ever issued by the USACE in a single contract -- 6,108,750 tons -- for rebuilding the New Orleans East levee systems at Lake Pontchartrain Vicinity [LPV] 109, 110 and 111. In 2019 the mine provided 500,000 additional tons to LPV 109 for an additional levee lift.
The mining permit covers 370 acres with estimated reserves as of 2022 of approximately 20,000,000 tons. With additional permitting, the mining area could encompass an additional 600+ acres contiguous to the mine, which additional acreage is also owned by Pearlington Clay.
A marine load point is available at Port Hancock only 6 miles from the mine. From this load point marine-barge movement logistics allow some 6,000 tons per 4-barge push with distances to West Shore Lake Pontchartrain [WSLP] at Laplace being only 51 miles and Morganza to the Gulf at Larose being some 60 miles and New Orleans East only 26 miles.