Floyd County, Kentucky
Coal Mine Slope Failure

The Project

Slope instabilities on a natural mountain slope in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields adjacent to a closed contour strip mine.

The Site

A steep mountain slope between the creek level and the reclaimed strip mine bench experienced slope failure several years after completion of mining and reclamation of the strip bench to approximate original contour.

The Problem

Property owners below the slides initiated administrative complaints against the coal company alleging the slides were a consequence of previous mining on the theory that the coal company had placed mine spoils onto the undisturbed natural slope below the mine level, causing the slope to fail.

The Cause

It was shown that the flow of water in the creek channel following significant rainfalls eroded the toe of the slope, causing a progressive failure in the slope above the creek.

The Resolution

The coal company was relieved of all responsibility by the administrative hearing officer after hearing testimony offered by the regulatory agency and the coal company.

The Attorney Client

For the Coal Company:

Francis, Kazee, & Francis
P.O. Box 700
Prestonsburg , KY 41653
Mr. Martin Osborne
(606) 886-2361


For additional information concerning this case,
you may contact:

P. O. Box 130
Nicholasville , Kentucky 40340-0130


Copyright 2004 Richard Cheeks