HILLSBORO ENERGY FILES MINE APPLICATION WITH ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
On September 21st, Hillsboro Energy LLC submitted a mine permit application for a longwall mine in Montgomery County. The proposed mine facilities are located on 803 acres immediately east of Hillsboro. The initial underground mining is planned for an area southeast of Hillsboro and northwest of Coffeen. The production of the mine is expected to start at one million tons per year with a maximum production level reaching eight million tons per year.
According to Chris McCloud, with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals, the mine application is just the beginning of a long process. The application must first be reviewed and deemed complete.
After that is done, the Department will start the technical review process, and at that time the applicant will publish notices in a local paper indicating the permit was filed. A copy will then also be available at the Montgomery County clerks office for public review.
The Permit Coordinator will notify various federal and local governmental bodies, planning agencies, sewage and water district authorities and water companies in the locality of the proposed mine.
Copies of the application will also be sent for review to the Illinois EPA, the Department of Agriculture.
There had been organized resistance to long-wall mining in Montgomery County, the main concern being subsidence.
Longwall and high-extraction retreat mining cause vertical and horizontal surface movements that can affect structures and other surface features.
STREET OILING IN GREENVILLE WEDNESDAY
The City of Greenville will be oiling several streets in the city on Wednesday, October 3rd. They will begin at 8:00 am on the north side of town and work their way south during the day.
JOBS UP NEARLY 47,000 OVER THE YEAR IN ILLINOIS
The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area shows that the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area gained 300 jobs in August 2007 compared to August 2006. However, those numbers aren't explained in the rise in unemployment locally. In Bond County the rate has increased from 4.9% one year ago to 5.2% currently. Clinton County went from 4.8% unemployment in August 2006 to 4.9% currently. And Madison County, showed an increase as well, with 5.0% last year to 5.6% this August.
In fact, every county reporting in the Metro East Statistical Area, saw a rise in unemployment from last August.