Concerns Over Coal Mine Proposal

Published 05/10 2012 04:32PM

Updated 05/10 2012 06:11PM

HOMER -- A proposed coal mine has people in Champaign and Vermilion counties concerned. A coal company is negotiating a deal to buy water from the Village of Homer. It would be used for coal processing.
    People are worried about the mine's proposal to discharge mine waste water into Olive Branch, which flows into the Salt Fork River. That water is now used for drinking, water supplies, fish and wildlife, recreation and livestock watering.
    Sunrise Coal says it's considering several options, and it would be monitored by a third party. Anyone with concerns can attend a public meeting, Wednesday, May 23.

Homer Coal Mine Public Meeting
Wednesday, May 23
Salt Fork Center, Homer Lake
7 pm

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