Madisonville, KY – Hopkins County Coal denies that its mining operation in Elk Creek has caused any subsidence damage to nearby property. The company's attorneys filed an answer last week to a complaint field by a local business and church. The Christian Assembly of Madisonville and the Madisonville Log and Lumber Company claim Hopkins County Coal removed underground water to excavate the rock, causing the ground nearby to shift and severely damage their property. Madisonville attorney John Whitfield, who's representing the plaintiffs, says the case will now move into discovery, where both sides exchange information.
"It's time consuming because the civil world which we're involved with moves real slow, but once we get through the discovery phase we'll try to set the case for trial."
The coal company says the alleged damages stem from events out of its control and that it's not responsible for the damages.