WV Gov. Jim Justice was at the former location of Hobet Mining just north of Danville Friday afternoon to make a couple announcements in relation to use of the reclaimed post mine property.
Former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the Rock Creek Development project 5 years ago but the Justice administration scrapped the project and returned $54 million dollars in Garvey Bonds that was to be used to build a 4-lane road to the site. The Rock Creek Development project is slated to bring in industry and provide good paying jobs to help the slumping economy in the region. The project is being overseen by the WV Dept. of Commerce.
A few weeks ago the WV National Guard announced they were closing their ongoing training at the Hobet site and moving to a different location in the state.
A month ago the Governor announced a major training exercise will be held on the property next August.
At the end of the press conference, Justice also announced the WV Dept. of Natural Resources would be looking into ways to provide recreation and wildlife enhancement on the property. With the Justice announcement, new life has been breathed into the Rock Creek Development project.