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You've got a new natural area to visit, Champaign County.
A little more than two years after acquiring a nearly 7-acre virgin forest area along the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District has added a much larger piece of property just to the north.
Stand Up to Coal is urging the public to send letters.
Sue Smith, a member of Stand Up to Coal, said residents should send letters requesting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources mine permit informal conference.
"We can flood them with our letters," she said. "That will mean something."
By BRITTANY BORTHWICK
For the Leader
“Going green” is a term recognized by most, but what it means to Prairieview-Ogden school district is much more than saving money. It means a new and exciting form of education.
Discussions over Sunrise Coal's request for treated water from the village of Homer hit a snag on Jan. 3 over who will own the approximately five miles of water and sewer lines between the proposed mine site and the village limits.
The Village of Homer has accepted a reimbursement agreement from Sunrise Coal.
Sunrise Coal LLC has agreed to cover the village of Homer’s expenses in hiring a special attorney and engineer to determine whether it’s legal for the Champaign County municipality to sell water to the coal company.
Ogden resident Sandy Wilson addressed the Ogden Village board regarding the proposed coal mine in Homer and the Homer Village Board discussion regarding selling water to Sunrise Coal out of Terre Haute, Ind.
At a meeting held on Aug. 22, the Prairie Rivers Network and Stand Up to Coal shared information with Ogden residents.
Brian Perbix, of Prairie Rivers Network, told those in attendance that a proposed coal mine near Broadlands could have a serious impact on the environment.
"Coal pollution is one of the primary pollution issues within our state," he said.
Is Underground Coal Mining in Eastern Illinois a good idea?
Will it provide jobs to local residence?
What do we know about impacts to local groundwater levels and the Salt Fork River?
There will be an informational meeting about the proposed coal mine near Homer on Monday, Aug 27th at 7 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 West Green Street in Urbana.