Company Allowed to Continue Mining in Woods
COUNTY, OH. (2004-10-18) The chair of the Ohio
Reclamation Commission has ruled to allow the Ohio
Valley Coal Company to continue mining near Dysart
Chad Kister of Dysart Defenders says he's
disappointed in the ruling but not surprised.
wasn't an enormous surprise, but we're hoping that
because of the importance of the issue and the extreme
importance of dysart woods, that they would've made a
better decision to protect this last ancient forest in
ohio," says Kister.
Kister says even though the
mining won't be happening underneath Dysart Woods, it's
close enough to cause harm to the forest.
absolutely invaluable. We simply do not have another
example of the original ecosystem that once covered our
Kister says the Dysart Defenders will
file an appeal to the ruling tomorrow, asking the entire
reclamation commission to look at the issue.
the commission doesn't overturn the decision, Kister
says Dysart Defenders will take the case to the 7th
District Court of Appeals.
The mining company has
denied that any serious environmental damage has been
done to Dysart Woods.
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