Coal Company Delays Attempt To Mine Under Town's Water Supply

LYNCH, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky coal company will temporarily abandon an attempt to mine under a reservoir that supplies water to a small Harlan County town.

Black Mountain Resources executive Ross Kegan says the company has decided to postpone placing the proposed area on a permit application to the state because of water replacement issues.

Kegan says an engineering firm will help the company determine the possibility of any water disruption.

Some residents and city leaders had criticized the plan to mine coal underneath the decades-old reservoir, saying it could compromise their only water supply.

The company's decision to remove the acreage under the reservoir from the application was announced Monday by the Lynch City Council.

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