Mr. Peabody's Coal Train Ain't Haulin' Rocky Branch Away: Illinois Residents Move to Halt Violation-Ridden Strip Mine

By Jeff Biggers

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As out-of-state loggers clear-cut the forested Shawnee Hills, defiantly posting “Warning: Explosives in Use” signs without state Environmental Protection Agency permits, it may seem like Peabody’s violation-ridden Rocky Branch strip mine site in southern Illinois is another lost chapter in the state’s century-long history of backroom Big Coal deals.

Not for the undaunted Rocky Branch residents and farmers in Saline County, who have testified and provided unaddressed documentation on permit errors at all public hearings against the reckless mine proposal.

Drawing a line in the sand on the …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green

    

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