Coal protesters planning IL event

MEMBERS of two anti-coal groups are planning to speak their minds this week on Sunrise Coal’s proposed Bulldog surface operation in eastern Illinois.

Donna Schmidt

Prairie Rivers Network and Stand Up to Coal said they would present an overview of the operation, a recent decision by the local community of Georgetown to sell water to the mine and the impact they feel the operations will have on farmland and water.

The groups have set an informational meeting for July 17 beginning at 6pm at Maple Grove Lodge in Westville.

The Georgetown City Council unanimously approved the sale of up to 500,000 gallons of water daily for 30 years to Indiana-based Sunrise Coal, which owns the Bulldog property.

In return, the operator is investing in transport infrastructure.

Sunrise has lease agreements for Bulldog’s mineral rights but its mining permit is still under review with the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

Prairie Rivers and Stand Up to Coal have opposed the untreated water plan since it was initially proposed.

Sunrise Coal, a division of Hallador Energy, did not release a public comment on the meeting plan.

Its active 300-worker Carlisle mine in Sullivan County, Indiana, produces more than 3 million tons of coal annually.

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