The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 4, 2013

Answers, please

The Commercial-News

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Our city council in Georgetown is going to sell Indiana water to the Sunrise Coal Company. Many people in the city are upset by the behind-the-door method by which the contract was obtained.

At Friday’s “informational” meeting for the citizens, it hoped to avoid any debate on the issues by having the audience submit questions in writing before the meeting started. That means the only questions the council answered were answered.

I have several questions: Why was this whole contract done in secret rather than the conventional way open to the public process? Why was the contract signed before some council members had even read it?

Why would we sell the water to a company for less than our own citizens pay for it?

The contract is for 30 years with a 10-year extension if they want it. If the coal mine doesn’t last 30 years, will the mine be sold to China or Iran? Could our water be sold to someone else for a profit?

I am not against coal mines, provided anti-pollution laws are followed. Possible pollution problems will become our problems if the runoff gets into the Little Vermilion River. Let’s rethink this contract after everyone has had their input and all questions are answered.

Norton Spencer