Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 29, 2014

Hurley water project receives $4.75 million Virginia AML grant

HURLEY, Va. — Another 267 homes in the Hurley, Va., area will be receiving public water thanks to a $4.75 million federal grant from reclamation fees paid by the coal industry, according to a press release from the office of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

“I am pleased to announce the funding of the fifth phase of the Hurley Regional Water Project in Buchanan County,” McAuliffe was quoted as stating in the press release. “I commend the initiative taken by the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors to submit the application to bring clean public water to a total of 267 households.”

The Phase V funding represents total of more than $15 million in funds granted through the Virginia Abandoned Mine Lands grants program to the Hurley project since 2005, according to Tarah Kesterson, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

“The AML grant program has been funding projects like this one since 1985,” Kesterson said.

Gregory McClanahan, executive director of the Buchanan County Public Service Authority said that the project is a “blessing” to all of the people in the Hurley area who are currently using clean, public drinking water thanks to the on-going project.

“It is projected to go to seven phases, but like with any project of this kind, there may be some changes along the line before we get to Phase VII,” McClanahan said. “We’re still blessed.”

Phase V of the project will include the construction of a water storage tank as well as a pump station. The project also includes upgrading and replacement of water lines to facilitate future expansions of the project. The DMME is administering the grant.

– Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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