Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pike County Receives $300,000 For Study on New 460

(Pikeville, KY) - Pike County officials are planning a new project that definitely turns Mountaintop Removal into Mountaintop Development. On Monday, Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford received a call from Frankfort saying they had been approved for $300,000 in multi-county coal severance tax for a comprehensive study on the new 460 which will run from Pikeville to the Breaks. The study will focus on 1,700 acres made available by road construction and strip mining…an area that Rutherford hopes will someday be an entirely new community called “Coal Mountain”. One end of the Coal Mountain area will be within 10 miles of the Breaks and the other side is just as close to Fishtrap Lake State Park. Rutherford’s vision includes nature trails, horse trails, subdivisions, grocery stores, banks and someday possible a school and its own post office. According to Rutherford, the Coal Mountain community will be easily accessed from either end. One point that was definitely stressed at Tuesday’s press conference was that because of mountaintop removal mining, Pike County and surrounding areas are no longer handicapped due to the lack of availability of land.