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Madisonville City Council Reviews Potential Coal Mine Layout and How it Could Affect Residents

On Wednesday afternoon, the Madisonville City Council held a special meeting to talk about the potential land area that Warrior Coal wants to use as their next coal mining endeavor.

Posted: Aug 11, 2021 4:56 PM

On Wednesday afternoon, the Madisonville City Council held a special meeting to talk about the potential land area that Warrior Coal wants to use as their next coal mining endeavor.

This new project asks to build a coal mine inside of the city limits of Madisonville, but city leaders say not many residents would be affected by the potential new mine.

“As you look at the map itself, there are very few areas that are going to be affected at all," said Madisonville mayor Kevin Cotton. "There are just a couple of property owners.”

But, some of the homeowners near the site of the potential coal mine, are raising questions when it comes to this potential project.

“According to the lines on the map, it would go right up to my back door and go under my backyard, and if it’s going to be that close, and if there’s mining under it, there could be some subsidence issues, and also, if I ever wanted to re-sell it, then that could be an issue,” said Bob Kelley.

In the meeting, council members laid out the boundaries of where Warrior Coal wants to build their newest coal mine including near Madisonville North Hopkins High School and vacant land close to Lake Peewee, and the council members raised questions about how this project could affect Madisonville residents near the potential mine.

“The property owner has the opportunity to sign to approve yes or no for them to mine that coal, so whether or not they own the mineral rights or not, they still own the property, so that gives another layer of protection to the property owners," said Cotton.

Cotton says not many Madisonville residents will be affected by the potential coal site, but he and the council still want to give options to those that will be.

A final decision on this coal mining project isn’t expected to be made for a few more months.

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