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.