WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu August 2, 2012
Daviess County Commissioners to Decide on Possible Mining Expansion
Daviess County Fiscal Court will vote Thursday evening on whether it should uphold a decision to rezone nearly 700 acres for coal mining. The Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission narrowly approved the request in May.
Western Kentucky Minerals has applied for rezoning, which the company says has been in the works for over five years. A company representative told Daviess Fiscal Court earlier this month that residents should have the right to sell the coal beneath their land.
Western Kentucky Minerals says if it gets the go-ahead it will take about two more years to secure the neccessary permits before it begins to mine the new area.
Opponents says the presence of mining will decrease the future values of their property, and will cause health problems for residents who live near the site of the proposed operation.
The 700 acres in question is located on U.S. 231, Russell Road, and Girl Scout Road.
Thursday's vote is scheduled for 5pm at the Daviess County Courthouse.