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Island Creek, KY

TECO Coals Disrespectful Policies

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Doug Justice Island Creek, Pike County
Doug Justice, photo courtesy of KFTCMy name is Doug Justice. I was born and raised in Island Creek. I moved away for 19 years but returned home in 1977.

I worked in the coal mines for 22 years and that’s how I made my living and supported my family. I have never seen an outfit treat a community the way TECO Coal has done us.

This past fall seems that it has been the worst it has ever been. This outfit here is making us eat the dust. They’ve been running the dozer and rock trucks on the road, tearing our road apart. I’m tired of the big rocks on the county road. There’s a big rock in the ditch line by my house that’s been there for a month.

I’m tired of them taking the county road and making silt ponds out of them. When I go home I don’t know what road to take they’ve moved it so many times.

TECO COAL has no respect for the residents of our community. They tore our telephone lines down and left them down for over two years. They’ve torn the TV cable lines down and never put them back up.

It’s a shame how their treating us out here. It’s a shame how they’re pushing the mud into our streams they are ruining our waters. We used to be able to catch minnows. I caught a craw daddy black as coal. TECO COAL has killed everything in our streams. There’s no kind of wild life in our creeks anymore.

It’s a shame we can’t prepare for our children and grandchildren.
I don’t want to be bought out. I absolutely can’t stand the lifestyle their making for us but I won’t give it to them. This is my home!

TECO COAL needs to obey the laws and treat the people with respect and fix the road. They need to quit doing their mining the way they’re doing. They’re destroying our timber, streams and mountains all to pieces.

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