On March 8, the Kentucky Division of Mine Permits held an informal conference on the Neely’s Creek Mine near Somerset, Ky. No mining has started at the site, and the mine’s permit is up for renewal. At the March meeting, 12 people spoke out against the mine and its potential impacts to nearby community members and the Sloans Valley and Neely’s Creek cave systems.
Friends of Sloan Valley, a grassroots group, is challenging the permit. While litigation is pending, comments regarding this permit can be sent to Director Jeff Baird at Jeff.Baird@ky.gov. — Matt Hepler