Sediment leaks into creek from Harlan County coal mine
HARLAN, Ky. (AP) – State regulators have shut down operations at a Harlan County coal mine after sediment leaked into a creek.
WYMT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1TXMQgx) the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources recently cited Revelation Energy in connection to the leak and ordered mine operations on one of the company’s permits to stop until the problem is corrected.
The sediment spill affected creek waters in the Coldiron community.
Department for Natural Resources spokeswoman Linda Potter says water was allowed to drain from the mining pit and into the creek that didn’t go through approved sediment control structures.
State officials tested the water Tuesday to see if it contains unsafe levels of minerals. They hope to have results by the end of the week.
Revelation Energy couldn’t be reached for comment.