Coal Company Uses Fine To Give Back To Community

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

A new sewage system may sound like a nice bonus if you have extra money but for some, it's a luxury they're getting for the first time.

After a violation in 2003, the Sidney Coal Company decided to use their misfortune to give back to the community. Along with a donation from PRIDE, the coal company used the money from its fine for a new septic system project in Pike County.

It is impossible for sewer lines to reach some homes in Big Creek but soon, 81 homes will have individual sewage systems reducing waste to the waters of Big Creek.

"If we're going to have to pay these fines instead of having the fines go to the abandoned mine lands fund which is normally the case, let's put these fines to work right here on Big Creek," said Chief Engineer of Sidney Coal Company Randy Tackett.

Officials say this project is one of the first of its kind and they are happy to keep their money in their own community.

Construction is expected to begin in early April and should be complete by the end of the summer.

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