Public Informal Conference – October 7, 2014

What: The IDNR will hold an “informal conference,” which is the first of two possible public hearings, about Sunrise Coal’s proposed Bulldog Mine permit application.  This is a chance for community members to make oral comments regarding the the proposed mine and deficiencies in the permit application.  Comments will likely be limited to 3 minutes each.

Even if you don’t wish to comment, please attend so that we can demonstrate to IDNR how much public opposition there is to the proposed mine.

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00pm

Where: Georgetown Community Center

220 E. West St.

Georgetown, IL 61846


The permit application is available for viewing on our website: Permit Application #429

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Public Information Meeting Follow-Up

On September 3, 43 community members attended a public information meeting regarding the Bulldog Mine proposed by Sunrise Coal.  The meeting was hosted by Stand Up To Coal and Prairie Rivers Network.

The evening started off viewing a video of residents asking questions about Sunrise Coal’s proposed mine.

Since the video was created in 2012, with the help of the local community, Stand Up To Coal has achieved several victories:

  • Sunrise Coal originally planned to start mining operations in January, 2014.  In September 2014, they have just applied for their permit.
  • Sunrise Coal’s plans to source production water from the Salt Fork River with the help of the Village of Homer have been stopped.
  • Sunrise Coal is now planning to obtain 500,000gal per day of water from the City of Georgetown, 12miles from the mine site.  There is no clear evidence that Sunrise Coal has obtained the necessary rights of way for a new water delivery pipeline.
  • Landowners have prevented Sunrise Coal from obtaining the necessary surface access for a railroad spur to the mine site.  This will necessitate trucking coal from the mine site, reducing potential production volume.

The focus of the evening was a discussion of the IDNR permit application and an invitation for community members to submit written comments to the IDNR.

Media Coverage:

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Public Information Meeting – September 3

Public notice has been served for Sunrise Coal’s proposed Bulldog mine.

Join Stand Up to Coal and Prairie Rivers Network for an informational meeting to learn more about the consequences of a local coal mine and how you can have your voice heard now in the permit process.

When: Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:00pm

Where: Homer Village Hall, 500 E. 2nd St., Homer, IL 61849



Print off this flyer and post it or share it with a friend:
Public Info Meeting Flyer

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Sunrise Coal Officially Applies for a Mining Permit

There was a notice in the July 31 edition of the Sidell Reporter that Sunrise Coal, LLC (a subsidiary of Hallador Energy, HNRG) has applied for a permit from the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals for their Bulldog Mine in western Vermilion County.

The final permit application may be viewed on the IDNR website (Click on “Permit” in the line for Sunrise Coal).  This link was updated on our website on 8/14/2014.  The previous version of the permit application can viewed on our website.

One thing to note is that Sunrise Coal has decided to discharge all of their waste water into the Salt Fork River via the Olive Branch.

At this point, the state of Illinois deems the application to be complete and will now begin consideration.  Within the next few weeks there will be a public hearing (formally known as the “informal conference”) where the public may air their concerns.

In the meantime, you may submit written objections to the application at:

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Office of Mines and Minerals
Land Reclamation Division
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271


We will post more information about the public meeting when it is available.

More information about submitting written comments.

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Stand Up To Coal Salt Fork Float

On June 21st, 22 paddlers enjoyed a lazy afternoon floating on the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River, celebrating the beauty and natural history of this local, Midwestern stream,.  After the float, the group rendezvoused with nearly 20 additional people to enjoy a potluck at Homer Lake Forest Preserve.  This event was sponsored by Stand Up To Coal and Prairie Rivers Network in an effort to protect the Salt Fork from a proposed coal mine in Southwest Vermilion County by Sunrise Coal (a subsidiary of Hallador Energy).  Potential surface runoff from snow melt and rainwater compounded by proposed discharge waters through pipes from the processing facility could contaminate the Salt Fork river, impacting natural biological communities as well as recreational and drinking water supplies. 

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