Energy and Environment Cabinet
Division of Abandoned Mine Lands announces reclamation project for Hopkins County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Contact Information:  Trey Hieneman 502-564-2340  

FRANKFORT, KY (Jan. 27, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear and the Department for Natural Resources’ Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) announced today the Award of Contract for the Bunt Sisk Hills Acid Mine Drainage Reclamation Project in Hopkins County.  On-site construction is scheduled to begin early February.

Gov. Beshear said acid runoff and sedimentation from numerous abandoned mines in and surrounding Bunt Sisk Hills have contaminated local streams for many years.  “The Bunt Sisk Hills Project will continue to address the worst sources of water pollution from the abandoned mines in the area, and ultimately enhance the water quality,” the governor said.

The project consists of three distinct areas of proposed reclamation, totaling approximately 91.6 acres, located in the northern part of Bunt Sisk Hills.  Collectively, the three sites are located in the headwater areas of the Flat Creek, Pleasant Run and Copper Creek watersheds.  Reclamation at the three sites includes treatment and control of acid mine drainage, removal of multiple mine pits and iron-contaminated mud flats, and grading existing spoil piles and ridges. 

Upon completion, this project will benefit aquatic life, terrestrial species and vegetation within the area.  Improvements to water quality in the Flat Creek and Pleasant Run watersheds will benefit the health, safety and general welfare of the community of Nortonville.  Further, the project will reduce sedimentation to the three watersheds lessening the likelihood of seasonal localized flooding. 

The AML program is 100 percent funded by the federal government. The federal government gets its funding for AML programs by collecting a fee on every ton of coal produced by mining operations nationwide.