True Cost of Coal Exhibit

Hi everyone,

Wanted to invite you to a great event coming up in both Urbana & Peoria, IL!

The Beehive Collective will be kicking off their spring cross-country tour with a stop in Urbana showcasing their “True Cost of Coal” exhibit & stopping back in Illinois in Peoria a few weeks later. Their innovative and detailed graphic is a visual exploration of the life cycle of coal as an energy source. Artists will give a short lecture on the piece, and tie artwork to local energy issues in Central Illinois.

Sunday, Feb. 16th, 4:00 p.m.
Urbana Civic Center
108 E. Water St. Urbana
Hosted by: Heartland Coalfield Alliance, Prairie Rivers Network, Sierra Club Prairie Group, Stand Up to Coal
Facebook event

Friday, Feb. 28th, 7:00 p.m.
The Sunbeam Building
935 N. Sheridan, Peoria
Hosted by: Canton Area Citizens for Environmental Issues, Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance, Heartland Coalfield AlliancePrairie Rivers Network, Sierra Club Heart of Illinois Group
Facebook event

Both events are free and light refreshments will be served – hope to see you there!

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IDNR Conservation Congress Survey

Help guide the IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) by filling out this survey. They will use the results to guide their “Conservation Congress” in April.

Hurry! The survey is only valid through Monday, January 20.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ConservationCongress2014

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Bulldog Mine Informational Meeting in Homer

Please note the correct location. The original post indicated the wrong location.

Join us and your neighbors as we bring updates on Sunrise Coal’s (Hallador Energy) proposed Bulldog Coal Mine in southwest Vermilion County. With recent water sales, land sales, and Sunrise Coal’s evolving plan regarding their permit, come and hear what has transpired. Bring a friend and your questions to these meetings. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00pm – Homer Village Hall (500 E. Second St., Homer)

Feel free to download this flyer and pass it around:

Homer Meeting Announcement


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Sidell and Catlin Wrap-Up

Community meetings with Stand Up to Coal (SUTC) members and local residents were held on November 25th in Sidell and December 4th in Catlin regarding Sunrise Coal’s proposed coal mine in Vermilion County. The group reviewed the obstacles that have prevented Sunrise Coal from meeting their targeted 2014 opening date due to widespread and successful strategic community opposition. The mine permitting process and timeline were explained and SUTC members discussed how to involve concerned residents in the public process. On display was a map showing how over four years, Sunrise Coal has not secured all of the mineral leases they plan to mine, nor have they secured easements for a railroad spur or water and sewer pipelines.

A couple in attendance shared that when Sunrise Coal was soliciting a mineral lease for their land and they asked what would happen if their water was impacted, the coal company did not have a concrete plan for how they would deal with that issue. Further, the right for Sunrise Coal to extract coal bed methane was signed away in mineral leases for no additional compensation which many landowners were not aware.

One woman also expressed concern about prevailing winds that would blow coal dust off the proposed surface facility to Jamaica School located only 5 miles due east of where it would be located. Another potential hazard is if Sunrise Coal were able to establish a railroad spur to the Norfolk Southern line at Homer, coal trains could move through Catlin on a regular basis bringing toxic coal dust into the community.

The temporary nature of the jobs from the coal mine was a further concern, as well as the likelihood that they would be given to experienced miners from out of town. Residents were concerned that these jobs are very unsafe and hazardous to the miners’ health. One woman shared a personal story of watching a loved one battle black lung disease.

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Vermilion Mine Informational Meetings

Join us and your neighbors as we bring updates on Sunrise Coal’s (Hallador Energy) proposed Bulldog Coal Mine in southwest Vermilion County. With recent water sales, land sales, and Sunrise Coal’s evolving plan regarding their permit, come and hear what has transpired. Bring a friend and your questions to these meetings. Everyone is welcome.

Feel free to download this flyer and pass it around:

Vermilion Mine Catlin_Sidell community meeting Flyer 110613

Monday, Nov. 25, 7:00pm – Brick Street Cafe, Sidell (302 Gray St.)

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7:00pm – Catlin Public Library, Catlin (101 Mapleleaf Dr.)

Brick Street Cafe:


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Catlin Public Library


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