FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear announced today that fiscal courts in 34 coal counties will receive refunds totaling $585,600 from mining permit and acreage fees. The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of the fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities.
“Every effort is being made by this administration to help the mining industry extract coal in a manner that is safe, efficient and protective of our environment,” Beshear said. “Our coal-producing counties are our partners and these funds provide a direct benefit for their efforts.”
Refunds range from $62 to $111,948, with 11 counties each receiving more than $23,000.The following list includes the counties and refund amounts: