Officials: Oil extraction could start soon in Ky.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Southern Kentucky officials say oil could be drilled later this month from shale deposits from a mine in Logan County.

Arrakis Oil Recovery is developing the Stampede Mine north of Russellville and has done site preparation such as runoff ponds and building a facility where oil would be extracted from shale deposits.

Logan County Judge-Executive Logan Chick told The Daily News ( ) the mine operators held a job fair last month in an effort to add employees at the 121-acre site.

The shale deposits that will be mined are part of a band that stretches across northern Logan County into Edmonson County.

Mine officials acquired the mineral rights and leases to several properties in the area.

Any oil extracted will be shipped to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.

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