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Carroll group asks ODNR to halt Rosebud coal mine permits

By Bob Downing Published: February 12, 2014

From Carroll Concerned Citizens:

Rosebud Link to Freedom Industries Drives Request to Hold Coal Permits

CARROLLTON, OHIO: Carroll Concerned Citizens (CCC) attorney Richard C. Sahli, sent a 7 page letter to ODNR Director James Zehringer requesting that his organization place a hold on new coal mining permit requests from Kittanning PA-based Rosebud Coal Mining.

Rosebud’s owner, J. Clifford Forrest, has been embroiled in the Charleston, WV water contamination fiasco caused by the January 9 leak of toxic chemicals into the Elk River and the ensuing series of corporate shell games by Forrest in an attempt to shed responsibility for the damages.

"This shows the true colors of Rosebud’s owner when it comes to taking responsibility for the impacts of his companies on the health and welfare of local citizens where he operates." said Paul Feezel, CCC’s chair. "How can the State or Carroll County trust that he would be there if his coal mining operations impact the water or land values of its citizens."

CCC has been working through ODNR officials to demonstrate the risks of the proposed coal mines to the aquifers of Carroll County where 95% of its residents rely on private ground water wells for their potable and agricultural needs.

Feezel added, "Our County is the center of the Ohio shale gas boom and I can see the finger pointing now should Rosebud’s mining operations cause a failure at a high-pressure horizontal gas well. Our water would be ruined and Mr. Forrest would just declare bankruptcy like he did to the people of WV."

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