Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Use of Abandoned Mine Land Money to Fund Water Lines in Pike County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Steve Hohmann

Will provide clean drinking water to residents of Ferrell Creek area

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s Abandoned Mine Land (AML) program will provide $1.2 million for the extension of water lines to bring clean drinking water to hundreds of people in Pike County, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today.

“Providing clean, safe drinking water is one way in which we build strong communities and healthy people,” said Governor Fletcher. “Clean water is essential to having a high quality of life.”

A ground water contamination study conducted for the Mountain Water District by Summit Engineering of Pikeville found that much of the ground water in the Ferrell Creek area of southern Pike County was adversely affected by coal mining that occurred prior to 1982, making it eligible for AML assistance.
The funding will pay for design and construction of an extension of public water lines to about 165 households in the vicinity of Ferrell Creek, including Road Creek, Jimmie Creek, Honey Fork, Abner Fork and Pond Creek.
The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet and Pike County Fiscal Court are executing a memorandum of agreement for the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in November with completion in the spring of 2007.