Whitesburg KY

Says coal firm ignoring cemetery

To the Editor:

Mining companies having to either avoid or move graves to proceed with mining are illegally avoiding this process by simply removing entire cemeteries from mining maps.

The Cook Cemetery located on Loves Branch of Letcher County has been trespassed by Deane Mining Company (RE: Deane Mining, LLC Application Number: 867-5300 MA 7).

Residents who are concerned about the practice of excluding cemeteries out of mining application maps by coal companies are encouraged to attend a permit conference held by the state Department for Natural Resources on Tuesday, August 25, at 1:30 p.m. at Whitesburg City Hall, 38 East Main Street.

We have cemeteries that are simply disappearing from the map. If a coal company is denying the existence of your cemetery, you can bet they are planning on literally removing it from the landscape.

The purpose for the permit conference for the Deane Mining application is for the Energy and Environmental Cabinet to accept oral, written, or any other statements or relevant information from any person whose interests are or may be adversely affected by the issuance of this permit.

The Cook Cemetery contains the remains of Leonard, Ellis and Vincent Cook and has been removed from the proposed mining map in anticipation of mining. There are 18 unmarked graves along with those of Edward Kiser, Riley Kiser and several members of the Adams family. The graves of John Profitt, Sara and William Arnold Profitt, are marked by the Letcher County Historical Society.

We all have an interest in protecting our family cemeteries.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the protest reviewer, Nathan H. Morgan or Ms. Perry Johnson at (502) 564-2320 with the Energy and Environmental Cabinet, Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Permits, 2 Hudson Hollow, Frankfort, Ky. 40601, www.minepermits.ky.gov.

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