More strip mines move to Saline County
SALINE COUNTY, Ill. - More strip mines are showing up in Saline County, Illinois
Residents in Cottage Township have been confronted by Peabody Coal Company and told that the land just across the street from them will soon be blasted away and mined.
Allan Porter is one of those residents.
He has spent his mornings on his porch for more than 30 years.
"When you get older you start talking a lot about what you've seen and how you've been blessed over the years," said Porter.
Now, just 500 feet from his property line there is talk of a strip mine.
He has seen some fellow community members go through this before.
A few months back Local 6 spoke with Chris Schimp about how mining outside his home affected his property value and his family's health.
Schimp's main complain was the silica dust.
"And my house has disappeared in that yellow muck," said Schimp.
Porter is just as concerned about the dust.
Porter says he will fight this to the end to save his house, his property and his way of life.
A Saline County board meeting is being held Thursday eveing to discuss the blasting in the Cottage Township
It is unclear whether there will be a representative from Peabody Coal there.