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Sunrise: Homer water vote won't delay coal mine

HOMER — A day after the village board voted against selling water and sewer services to Sunrise Coal for its proposed mine, the company says the project will proceed as planned.

And the village trustee who changed his vote to a no says it had nothing to do with an anonymous threat he received and everything to do with being unable to support a coal mine.

Homer delays vote on contract with coal mine

HOMER — Village board members will not be voting on a water and sewer agreement with Sunrise Coal tonight, according to Mayor David Lucas.

The special meeting was canceled because work on the contract had not been completed in time to provide adequate opportunity for review by board members and the public, Lucas said in an email.

Board to decide Monday night on selling water to coal company

HOMER — Susan Forsyth has had a "Stand Up to Coal" sign in her front yard since the "issue" first began several months ago.

The issue is Sunrise Coal's request that the village of Homer supply the company's proposed Bulldog coal mine in Vermilion County with treated water and sewer services and a second request for raw water to be used in the actual mining of coal.

How coal mine would use water

The proposed Bulldog coal mine needs up to 20,000 gallons a day of treated water for drinking and other purposes, including shower houses where coal miners, per regulations, clean up at the end of their shift. Sunrise's Indiana mine uses on average 13,000 gallons a day of treated water.

Illinois' coal future: Arrows point up

Illinois has an abundance of coal that underlies more than 60 percent of the state, basically the lower two-thirds of Illinois, in what's known as the Illinois Coal Basin.

Coal mine reimbursement for legal costs on Homer agenda

HOMER — Homer Village Board members on Monday night will discuss the water request for Sunrise Coal's proposed Bulldog mine.

Sunrise to pay for study of sale of water to proposed mine

HOMER — Sunrise Coal LLC has agreed to cover the village of Homer's expenses in hiring a special attorney and engineer to determine whether it's legal for the Champaign County municipality to sell water to the coal company.

Informational meeting planned on proposed coal mine

URBANA — Local residents concerned about a proposed coal mine in Champaign and Vermilion counties are inviting the public to attend an informational meeting Monday night in Urbana.

Homer to check legality, capacity before deciding on water for mine

HOMER — Homer village officials decided Monday night to determine whether they can legally provide water to Sunrise Coal's proposed mine, and then to determine the capacity of the village's underground wells near Ogden.

Homer looking into coal mine's water request

HOMER — Tom and Sue Smith are the sixth generation to work the family farm adjacent to the Salt Fork River, a natural resource that they worry could be harmed by a large withdrawal of water for the proposed Sunrise coal mine or by discharge into the river from the site.