The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection on Oct. 25 put out for comment two socioeconomic reports from Nally & Hamilton Enterprises on strip mine projects in eastern Kentucky.
One report covers the Birdeye project, covered under Kentucky Department for Natural Resources mine permit #918-0437, located near Packard in Whitley County. This project is expected to employ an estimated 50 individuals. It will involve removal of about 1.2 million tons of coal. “It will also create new employment opportunities, aid in development and maintenance of indirect jobs, and will increase the amount of money the area receives in personal and severance tax,” said the report, signed by Secretary-Treasurer Stephen Hamilton.
The second project, called Mill Creek, would be covered by DNR mine permit #848-0290. It is located in Harlan County near the communities of Wallins Creek, South Wallins, Coldiron and Molus. The receiving waters for the proposed project include Left Fork, Right Fork and Mill Creek. This project is expected to employ an estimated 50 individuals and will involve removal of about 900,000 tons of coal.
Nally & Hamilton, controlled by Thomas Hamilton, is one of the largest independent coal producers in eastern Kentucky, and it only operates surface mines.