HOMER--A vote is expected this coming Monday in Homer, for the first water request for the mine.
The Homer Village Board will meet, to vote on the sale of potable water to Sunrise Coal.
However, yet another petition has started, to protest the entire idea of a coal mine close to Homer.
Supporters of the petition hope they will gain lawmakers' attentions to save the water in their town.
The petition, called "Stop Sunrise Coal from Opening Bulldog Mine", has gained more than 500 signatures so far, and the numbers keep growing.
Soon it will be sent to the Illinois House and Senate, as well as Governor Quinn.
Petition creator, Susan Forsyth, said she hopes this will help get lawmakers involved, to protect Homer's main source of drinking water.
Experts from the Prarie Rivers Networks said, that Homer's main source comes from relatively shallow underground wells.
We reached out to Sunrise Coal, the company based out of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Here's a statement they gave us:
"Our company looks forward to bringing 300 good paying, long-term jobs to the area. These jobs will include both skilled and non-skilled labor. We are working with the Danville Area Community College, to develop a local work force. At Sunrise Coal, we always strive to be a good neighbor."
Signatures will be gathered for another month.
A direct link is on Web Watch.
The final draft of the contract, for treated water and sewer services, will be voted on this coming Monday during Homer's Village Board meeting at 7 pm.
Be sure to stay with ABC Newschannel 15 for the results.
Reported by: Marine Glisovic