Citizens Against Longwall Mining

Deer Run Mine

We are a group of central Illinois residents who have been fighting the Deer Run Coal Mine in Hillsboro, IL since 2004. We are opposed to coal mining practices such as longwall mining that destroy our fertile farmland, as well as coal ash and coal slurry disposal methods that threaten the health of our communities, lands and waters.

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Catherine Edmiston Memorial

Catherine EdmistonDecember 6, 1929 ~ August 6, 2017

Catherine Edmiston: Reasons to Believe

By Jeff Biggers

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.”

–Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American poet

“I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

–Wendell Berry, American poet

Catherine “Cathy” Edmiston, friend, writer, farmer, teacher, community . . . → Read More: Catherine Edmiston Memorial

Citizens Working to Improve Coal Communities in Montgomery County

Coal rights location map showing 120,000 acres that were sold by the Montgomery County board to an affiliate of Cline Group.

For the last several years the focus of Citizens Against Longwall Mining has been to minimize the environmental impacts from Deer Run Mine and maximize the community benefits from coal extraction in . . . → Read More: Citizens Working to Improve Coal Communities in Montgomery County

Administrative Review Scuttled by IDNR again: Case Dismissed for Deer Run Permit 399 Significant Revision No. 1

There will be no hearing in October.

On September 1, 2015, IDNR Hearing Officer Jack Price filed his response to yet another Motion from the Bailey & Glasser Deer Run Coal Mine attorneys, Kim Fladhammer and Elizabeth Dow, and dismissed the case! 

BACKGROUND:

Five petitioners filed for the State Administrative Review of Significant . . . → Read More: Administrative Review Scuttled by IDNR again: Case Dismissed for Deer Run Permit 399 Significant Revision No. 1

Coal in Montgomery County: Deer Run Mine versus Citizens?

The past 6 years have been good for Deer Run Mine. Not so much for citizens in the community. As such, the West Virginia Syndrome of coal production at any cost is well established in Montgomery County. Coal has been mined, processed, and transported out of Deer Run Mine for profit. At the same . . . → Read More: Coal in Montgomery County: Deer Run Mine versus Citizens?

Fracking Added to Coal Mining in Illinois Will Compound Environmental Impacts

High pressure/volume fracking is a growing concern in Illinois. The Public Act 098-0022 (SB-1715) signed into law by Governor Quinn on June 17, 2013 is touted to have safeguards more stringent than other states.  If, however, regulations are loosely interpreted, applied and enforced much like the coal mining laws are handled by IDNR/OMM and . . . → Read More: Fracking Added to Coal Mining in Illinois Will Compound Environmental Impacts