On Sunday, the News-Gazette published a commentary from Sue Smith with Stand Up To Coal.
The piece raises a lot of our continuing questions about the value of Sunrise Coal’s proposed Bulldog Mine.
It also discusses where we are in the IDNR Administrative Review process. Currently, we are waiting for a hearing to determine how many petitioners will continue to have standing after Sunrise Coal moved to dismiss most, but not all, of the petitioners.
Here’s a link to the News-Gazette Commentary:
The mine has filed a motion to dismiss Stand Up To Coal and many of the other petitioners who are challenging the mine permit. The dismissal, if approved, would prevent Stand Up To Coal and other petitioners from participating in the Administrative Review of the IDNR mining permit. The Administrative Review is the last chance to challenge the mining permit, a process in which the permit is evaluated to see if it meets the letter of the law.
The hearing on the dismissal is on April 2nd in Springfield. The hearing is open to the public to listen, so anyone can attend to show support for Stand Up To Coal. Wear a green shirt to show your support for Stand Up To Coal! Come early to attend our press conference. Illinois does not need a new coal mine.
The Administrative Review process requires legal and technical experts. Please consider directly supporting the costs by donating to Stand Up To Coal.
Thank you to all of our generous members who have been very supportive during the past few months.
As mentioned in April, several of our members, along with Stand Up To Coal, filed petitions for an administrative review of the Bulldog Mine permit issued by IDNR. These members of Stand Up to Coal have spent many hours working on their petitions and answering interrogatories from the mine developer. Lawyers from both sides are working with an IDNR administrative law judge to chart out the plan for the administrative review.
Sometime in November, we anticipate that we will have an opportunity for members of the public to travel to Springfield and support our efforts during a hearing. We hope you can join us and we’ll provide an update when we know more.
In the meantime, please continue to provide support as we pay our legal experts helping us chart these difficult waters.
Stand Up To Coal became aware that IDNR issued permit #429 for the Bulldog coal mine on Friday, April 5th. While we believe this is unfortunate, it is not entirely unexpected news.
We expect the revised permit to have many significant changes to respond to the modification letter issued to Sunrise Coal by Illinois Department of Nature Resources back in March 2015, which required 62 points of revision from the original permit. These changes are in part due to many public comments received during the public hearing and comment period.
Stand Up To Coal remains concerned about the potential impacts this coal mine could have on water supplies, agricultural land, air quality and the long-term effects on our rural community. Therefore, SUTC will be filing as a petitioner for an administrative review of the permit, which is the last step before the permit is officially issued. The administrative review will require technical and legal expertise to review and contest the issued permit, which is over two thousand pages long. The purpose of an administrative review is to ensure that the revised permit meets the letter of the law regarding all coal regulations.
Due to the technical and legal expertise needed to successfully file a petition for administrative review, Stand Up To Coal will be accepting financial support from anyone wanting to help us through this phase. If you’re interested in donating, please click the Donate button on the upper right of the page, or consider membership.
Please continue to check this website for updates on this issue.
We would like to add you to our growing membership list. For a donation of $20, you can become an official member of Stand Up To Coal. We also welcome additional donations to support our ongoing work, such as postage and legal fees, stopping the proposed Bulldog Mine.
For more details, visit our Membership page.