HOMER, Ill. (AP) -- A small eastern Illinois town may soon
decide whether to sell water to a planned coal mine. Some people in Homer are
opposed to the idea, but some local farmers say they'd like to get in on the
Homer Village Board has scheduled a Nov. 26 meeting to discuss potentially
selling water to the proposed Sunrise Coal mine outside town. Homer is about 20
miles east of Champaign.
The mine proposed by Terre Haute, Ind.-based Sunrise Coal has drawn some
local opposition. But the board says a lawyer has signed off on the idea of
selling 350,000 gallons of water a day to the mine.
Some local farm operations now say they'd like to buy water, too.