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BREAKING: Peabody Loggers Break Ground on Controversial Shawnee Hills Strip Mine--Without Mining Permit

By Jeff Biggers


With mounting violations and administrative errors, will Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan finally intervene in the most controversial strip mine in southern Illinois?

This question is being raised today by farmers and residents fighting to save their historic community from destruction in Saline County, as out-of-state loggers began to set up their equipment on a Rocky Branch strip mining site, as part of Peabody Energy’s expanding mining operations in the Shawnee hills of southern Illinois–operating once again without an Illinois Department of Natural Resources mining permit.

Two months ago, in fact, federal intervention forced …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green