The Black Warrior Riverkeeper continues its battle to protect clean drinking water for thousands of people across Metro Birmingham from possible strip mining pollution.A Drummond Coal company is asking a judge for permission to begin strip mining at the Shepherd Bend Mine on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River.
People are concerned that the intake where drinking water is drawn sits too close to the mine location. Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper says, "Although the mining company has gotten permits for the mine of Shepherd Bend, those permits are not only contested in court, but they're going to have to get leases from the property owner at Shepherd Bend and by far the biggest property owner is the University of Alabama system."More than 100 groups are urging the university not move forward with the mining proposal. The Birmingham City Council passed a resolution opposing the strip mine. While supporters say the river will be protected by a 50-foot buffer and sediment ponds.