2010-05-19 / Front Page

Coal company donates land for planned animal shelter

The nation’s third-largest coal producer has agreed to donate a tract of land near Whitesburg for use as a site for a countywide animal shelter.

Abingdon, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources is turning over a parcel of land near Marlowe on behalf of its Enterprise Mining Co., which has extensive operations in Letcher County. The announcement of Alpha’s contribution was made by Letcher County Surveyor Richard Hall during the May meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court on Monday night. Hall is an employee of Enterprise.

Hall said the land is approximately 16 acres in area and is isolated from houses. He said Enterprise is asking only that the shelter not disturb an existing right-of-way to other land. Hall told the court that Enterprise tries to be a good corporate citizen.

Judge/Executive Jim Ward praised Enterprise for its generosity and said the location is a good one, not close to housing and yet close enough to a gas pipeline to allow for a connection to heat the building. Ward said that when the building is finished, the shelter will be operated by an animal protection organization.

Ward said the county will retain ownership of the land and building and will cover it under its liability insurance, but the animal protection organization will lease the building and be responsible for day-today operations. Ward said the cost of the will be $1 per year.

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