Coal Fields Regional Industrial Authority, Inc.

P.O. Box 239
941 North Main Street
Hazard, Kentucky 41702
Phone: (606) 436-3158
Fax: (606) 436-2144

Chairman:  Charles Colwell, Perry County
Vice-Chairman:  Fred Brashear, Leslie County
Board Members:
Jeff Allen, Breathitt County
Jeff Noble, Breathitt County
Joe Grossman, Harlan County
Dan Mosley, Harlan County
Jeff Dobson, Knott County
Chris Amburgey, Knott County
William Lewis, Leslie County
Betsy Clemons, Perry County
Scott Alexander, Perry County

City of Hazard Awarded $900,000 AML Grant to Bring Natural Gas to Regional Industrial Park

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 24, 2018) U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin today announced a grant by the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) through the 2017 Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot program that will create jobs in Eastern Kentucky.

The City of Hazard has been given preliminary approval for a $900,000 AML grant that will bring a natural gas pipeline from a wellhead in the central Perry County area to the Coalfields Regional Industrial Park. The addition of natural gas to the industrial park will attract jobs to a region that has been adversely impacted by changes in the coal economy.

Through the efforts of Congressman Rogers (KY-05), chairman emeritus of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, the state has received $80 million through the AML Pilot Program from fiscal year 2016 to 2018 to return coal sites to productive use and attract new jobs to replace those lost during the downturn of the industry.

“The AML Pilot Program is actively reclaiming land for job creation, tourism expansion and fruitful innovative opportunities,” said Congressman Rogers. “Hundreds of new long-term, sustainable jobs are being created and I’m inspired by the ingenuity of Eastern Kentuckians that is being highlighted through this new pilot program.”

The project is expected to cost $2.98 million, of which $32,000 is coming from the City of Hazard and $2 million from other federal funds.

"We are grateful for an additional federal AML allocation that will be designated for economic development projects in our Appalachian counties," said Gov. Bevin. "This is another valuable tool that many Eastern Kentucky communities are utilizing to help revitalize their economies."

The AML Pilot project is a joint effort by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the Department for Local Government, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands.

“It is rewarding to see a project like this get funding so that Hazard can take part in the economic rebuilding of Eastern Kentucky,” said Sec. Charles Snavely of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. “I want to thank state Rep. Chris Fugate and state Sen. Brandon Smith for their support and encouragement of this project.”

The 236-acre Coalfields Industrial Park serves a five-county area and is owned and operated by the Coalfields Regional Industrial Authority. It provides approximately 500 jobs including those at Sykes, a shipping, logistics, and supply-chain management company, and Federal Express. The park is constructed on former surface mine land with highway access and infrastructure resources readily available.




Coal Fields Regional Industrial Park

County:  Perry
Nearest City:  Hazard
District Name:  Perry County Schools
Location:  10.7 miles northwest of Hazard via KY 15
Total Acreage:  235.8 acres
Largest Possible Tract:  143.7 acres
Zoning:  Protective Covenants Nearest Interstate/Parkway:  10.7 miles
General Highway Access Description:  Ky 15 1.3 miles east via paved access road; Hal Rogers Parkway and four-lane KY 80 10.7 miles south via KY 15; I-75 interchange 66.5 miles west via KY 15 and Hal Rogers Parkway
Nearest Airports:
Commercial/Int'l:  Blue Grass Airport 110 miles northwest of site
Local:  Wendell H. Ford Airport 0.5 mile of site
Rail Access:  Presently not available
Nearest Riverport:  Port of Wurtland 117 miles from site
Electricity: AEP - Kentucky Power Company
Natural Gas:  Presently not available, but under construction
Hazard Utilities - 10-inch gravity line serves the site; 8-inch gravity line serves the site
System Information (gallons per day):
Treatment Capacity - 3,000,000
Average Daily Flow - 2,096,000
Excess Capacity - 904,000
Hazard Utilities - 8-inch line serves the site; 12-inch line serves the site
System Information (gallons per day):
Treatment Capacity - 5,000,000
Average Daily Flow - 4,393,129
Excess Capacity - 606,871
TV Service & United Cable: Windstream Corporation

Physically in Perry County, but governed by multi-county authority of Breathitt, Harlan, Leslie, Knott and Perry counties.

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Coal Fields Regional Industrial Authority, Inc.