Protect Girl Scout Camp Pennyroyal
  • Petitioned Daviess Co. Fiscal Court

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Daviess Co. Fiscal Court

Protect Girl Scout Camp Pennyroyal

    1. Petition by

      A Girl Scout

      Louisville, KY

The undersigned want the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission to reject the proposal by Western Kentucky Minerals to rezone the land near Girl Scout Camp Pennyroyal. We would like the commission to deny this rezoning to prevent Western Kentucky Minerals from constructing surface mines on the land near Camp Pennyroyal. Surface mining would cause noise pollution, reduce the quality of the air and water, and destroy miles of wildlife habitat, all of which would negatively impact the health and pristine experience of the hundreds of Girl Scouts and school children who utilize Camp Pennyroyal’s facilities each year.

If approved, this proposal will allow the construction of a surface mine less than half a mile from Girl Scout Camp Pennyroyal. Phase I of the operation would last 7-9 years, though the company has expressed plans to continue mining until all of the coal in the area is extracted. Therefore several generations of campers will be affected by this surface mine. In addition to noise pollution that can potentially occur 22 hours a day and air pollution from stray coal dust, water pollution is perhaps the most pressing and hazardous consequence of the proposed surface mine. The coal seam sits above an aquifer, increasing the likelihood for heavy metal byproducts from coal extraction (selenium, arsenic, mercury, and lead) to contaminate water supplies such as Camp Pennyroyal’s lake.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Theresa Collins NEW HAVEN, KY
      • 7 months ago

      My daughter went to Pennyroyal. All girls should have the opportunity to enjoy the camp. It will ruin the enviroment and ruin the camp for the girls. Please stop t his.

    • Heather Fisher NASHPORT, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a Girl Scout leader who loves taking my troop to camp! My daughter went to GS camp in Ohio last summer and now they have closed her camp too. I know how much camp means to these young girls and I believe they should have a local camp that they can attend and create their own memories. Please support my petition too - search Camp Wakatomika. Thanks and best wishes!

    • Patsy Barrera ARCADIA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I spent many weekends there at core camp and I was selected there to take 10 senior scouts on a 5 week tour of Europe.

    • Mark Whitehouse UTICA, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      Project benefits few, destroys home values for many.

    • Beverly Blose Johnson OWENSBORO, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      As a former Girl Scout camp counselor, feel the camp experience, out in nature, vitally important in this digital, sedentary age. Give girls skills, successes, physically and intellectually and they will grow confident emotionally.


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