Mining plan approved for Walker County

WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A controversial mining plan has been approved for Walker County.

The Surface Mining Commission voted to allow work on the Shepherd Bend Mine. It will be along the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River just south of Cordova.
Opponents say it will be too close to a Birmingham Water Works Board tank and could hurt the quality of drinking water.

The permit is only for 34 acres out of the 1700 acres the company wants to mine.

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