The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 4, 2013

Georgetown will pay

The Commercial-News

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“I owe my soul to the company store.” That old song lyric by Tennessee Ernie Ford pretty much sums up the situation in Georgetown.

Back in 2003, Georgetown was faced with water problems. All its water came from the Little Vermilion River at a dam south of town. When it rained, the water was muddy. When it was hot, the water smelled bad. When the carp in the river spawned, the water even tasted bad. The reservoir was silting in with the water only 5 feet deep.

The people of Cayuga, Ind., realizing the dire need of Georgetown, prevailed upon the city and state governments to allow a well to be drilled in Cayuga near their own well. They charge no fees for this water. That water is the best water Georgetown has ever had.

The water is now under contract to the proposed new Sunrise LLC coal mine near Homer, 20 miles from Georgetown. The Georgetown mayor has signed a contract, with no public input or vote, to provide a 500,000 gallons a day of drinking water to waste by the coal mine washing dust off the coal it will sell.

Look at the three existing coal mines near Georgetown, all closed, but still possibly polluting the Little Vermilion River and the Middlefork and the Salt Fork.

Water is too precious to waste washing coal. What does a bottle of water cost? That’s what they should pay. You will. Check it out: Georgetown ordinance 13-0617.

James Phillips