LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The head of Kentucky’s Harlan County Humane Society says a coal company that wanted to move a pack of wild horses off a former mine site has agreed to leave the herd alone.
Marcella Chadwick says Sequoia Energy had wanted to move about 80 horses because they were eating vegetation that was planted as part of the company’s federally-mandated reclamation of the surface mine site. Coal companies in most cases are required to restore vegetation on former surface mines.
Chadwick says an attorney she enlisted to communicate with Sequoia told her that it has dropped the effort to move the horses.
In an Associated Press report filed in late November 2012, Chadwick said an official from Sequoia contacted the Humane Society to seek help in moving the horses, which the company said are disturbing vegetation that has been planted as part of the company’s federally mandated reclamation of the surface mine site. Federal law requires coal operators to restore vegetation to previously mined land, along with other improvements.
Chadwick said people travel from other states to watch the horses at the Harlan County site. Some people have come forward to offer to take some of the horses away, but Chadwick didn’t want them moved.
“These horses, this is their home, this is where they’re going to stay,” Chadwick told AP reporter Dylan Lovan.
Well done Marcella Chadwick. Thank you Sequoia.
:: Wild horses being removed from mine site; Tuesday’s Horse; Nov. 29, 2012