Making our voices heard, helping out local communities members. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the community and speak out against the Neely’s Creek Mine!
The Neely’s Creek Mine (permit 900-0047) in Pulaski County was issued in 2013, but mining still has not started. Now local citizens opposed to the mine requested a hearing to stop the mine permit from being renewed.
The Neely’s Creek Mine threatens public land and water, as well as endangered wildlife. The mine is near the Sloans Valley cave system, which is home to the endangered Indiana grey bat and is frequently visited by recreational cavers. Blasting at the mine would endanger the structural integrity of the caves and threaten the bats that use the caves as their home.
This mine is also located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, less than 1 mile from the Cumberland River. Water pollution from the mine could easily enter the Cumberland River. Because of the mine’s location in the national forest and its proximity to recreational attractions, it also stands to adversely impact the area’s tourism economy.
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