- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham-based coal company says it won’t renew a permit to mine at a Walker County site.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (https://bit.ly/1H5iNlK ) that Drummond Co. said in a news release Friday that it isn’t renewing its permit for the Shepherd’s Bend mining site. The company said the decision was based solely on financial considerations in light of plummeting coal prices.

The release says environmental concerns did not factor into the decision and that the company would have mined the site in an environmentally responsible manner.

The Black Warrior Riverkeeper nonprofit group had long opposed mining at the site because of its proximity to a drinking water intake that serves Birmingham.

Group executive director Charles Scribner called the announcement “very important.” But he said questions still remain about the possibility of future mining at Shepherd’s Bend.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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