Printer residents say mining caused loss of well water

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

July 3, 2014

PRESTONSBURG — Nineteen property owners in the Printer area have filed a complaint complaining that mining and drilling activities near their homes have resulted in property damage.

Attorneys Ned Pillersdorf and Steven P. Bailey filed the lawsuit last Friday in Floyd Circuit Court against Blackhawk Mining and Virginia Drilling Company.

Pillersdorf and Bailey represent Bill Bevins, Barbara Bevins, Phillip David Butler, Vicki Lynn Butler, Jack Carver, Connitis Carver, Clyde Conn, Freddie Conn, Lula Conn, Melissa Ann Conn, Patricia Conn, Kelly Riel Grimm, Rebecca S. Kelly, Dollie Meade, Linda H. Salisbury, Sammy Salisbury, Teresa Salisbury, Wade Tackett and Neva Tackett.

The plaintiffs alleged in their complaint that mining, drilling and blasting activities near their properties have resulted in damages and lost value, and specifically point to the damage to groundwater. The property owners allege they have lost access to their well water and had to join a municipal water system as a result.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified compensation for their lost property value and replacement water costs, as well as attorney and expert witness fees.

A complaint only represents one side of a dispute. Blackhawk and Virginia Drilling have not yet filed a response to the lawsuit.