On September 3, 43 community members attended a public information meeting regarding the Bulldog Mine proposed by Sunrise Coal. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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.