They're worried more mining could do more harm than good.
A company is asking for a permit to do more mining in the Lynch community of Harlan County.
The proposed mining would in some spots actually cut under an underground reservoir that supplies the city of Lynch with its water.
Residents and city officials say they worry if something happened they could lose their only source of water.
Lynch resident and councilwoman Tracy Bailey says her town has the some of the best drinking water around.
But she and other Lynch residents expressed their concerns to state officials.
They're worried a mine company's plan that includes mining under the city's water reservoir could spell trouble.
Some people who don't even live in Lynch say they're worried what more mining could do to area roads.
A representative from Black Mountain Resources, the company requesting the permit, was at the meeting.
He did not want to talk on camera, but says there are one million tons of coal to be mined and he believes they can mine it safely without rupturing the city's water supply.