Oppose a new mountaintop removal mine in Daniel Boone National Forest
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
The Neely’s Creek Mine (permit 900-0047) in Pulaski County was issued in 2013, but mining still has not started. Now local citizens opposed to the mine have requested a hearing to stop the mine permit from being renewed.
The Neely’s Creek Mine threatens public land and water, as well as endangered wildlife. The mine is near the Sloans Valley and Neely’s Creek cave systems, which are home to the endangered Indiana grey bat. Blasting at the mine would endanger the structural integrity of the caves and threaten the bats that use the caves as their home.
This mine is also located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, less than 1 mile from the Cumberland River. Water pollution from the mine could easily enter the Cumberland River. Because of the mine’s location in the national forest and its proximity to recreational attractions, it also stands to adversely impact the area’s tourism economy.
You will be given a chance to speak if you choose, but you will not be required to speak. Members of The Alliance for Appalachia will be present at the hearing and can answer questions or concerns.