A new coal mining ordinance has been approved by city officials in Madisonville, Kentucky.
Following a long discussion and comments from the public, the new mining ordinance was approved by the Madisonville City Council during its meeting on Monday.
While the ordinance that was approved on Monday does allow mining with certain areas of Madisonville's city limits, it also lays out certain restrictions that Mayor Kevin Cotton says will keep residents and landowners safe.
The ordinance says that no mining will take place around or under any homes or dwellings without written consent from the owner.
It also states that true and accurate mining maps must be provided to the City that show how much coal has been mined and removed, leaving enough in place to support the weight of the surface.
Four different versions of the ordinance had already been read during a first reading held by the City Council earlier in September. The ordinance that was approved on Monday was the fourth version.
The city's mining ordinance hadn't been updated since 1970, according to Mayor Cotton.
You can view the full Madisonville City Council meeting from Monday by clicking here.