Valuable coal sits underneath the ground in Madisonville, making it a prime target for a mining company.
Now, a coal company is asking the city to consider letting them break ground.
The conversation between the Madisonville City Council and Warrior Coal has been going on for about 6 months.
That conversation continued on Monday during the city council meeting with an open discussion on what the company’s intentions are.
Warrior Coal originally approached the city council in Madisonville about property on the city’s northern side, including land at the boy scout camp that the city owns and has zoned out as “agricultural.”
Generally, that property can only be used by the boy scout camp, however Warrior Coal is hoping to mine underneath it.
Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton says, “It’s a very touchy subject because we have a lot of property within the city that has been undermined in years past, that have had issues or subsidence. Technology has changed. Mining has changed. There have been a lot of regulations put in place that have helped protect from that subsidence, but you know, that can still happen.”
Some Madisonville residents have no fears with Warrior Coal breaking ground in town. Others are worried about the impact it will have on their property value.
Next steps include the company providing additional details to answer any feedback or concerns council members might have. If plans are approved by city council, Warrior Coal is hoping to cross the city boundary sometime early next year.