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.