Homer To Re-Vote on Potable Water Contract with Coal Mine Tomorrow

On Friday the News-Gazette reported that Homer’s potable water contract with Sunrise Coal will be revisited at tomorrow’s Homer Village Board meeting.

One of the board members who voted “no” last month has changed his mind and is willing to make a motion to re-vote on the contract.  For reference, the trustees who voted “no” at the last meeting were Mike Johnson, Kevin Knott, Roy Woodmansee.  Guy James was not present but has voted “no” on most related issues during this process.

Please plan to attend tomorrow’s meeting at the Homer Village Hall and let the Village Board know you support protecting our water resources. On Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm, the Homer Village Board will meet and likely re-vote on a contract to provide treated water and sewer services to Sunrise’s proposed coal mine (click here for agenda).

With this upcoming decision, the Village Board has an important opportunity to protect the Salt Fork River and local water resources by voting no on any proposed water or sewer sales. Any deal now could open the door to future sales of hundreds of thousands of gallons per day of untreated water for washing coal – a sale that threatens to diminish water supplies and would send polluted mine water into the Salt Fork River. Homer trustees should send a strong message in support of productive farmland and clean water.

ACT NOW: Please contact your Village Board members today and ask them to vote no on any water or sewer deal with Sunrise Coal.

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