CARROLLTON: A citizens group is requesting extra scrutiny of a company’s plans for an underground coal mine in eastern Ohio because of the January chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.
The mine south of Carrollton is planned by Rosebud Mining Co., whose owner, J. Clifford Forrest, also owns Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the spill. Freedom Industries has filed for bankruptcy, temporarily shielding it from dozens of lawsuits, many by businesses that lost money while shuttered during a water-use ban.
The Carroll Concerned Citizens group in eastern Ohio has asked the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to put a hold on new coal mining permit requests by Rosebud, according to The Times-Reporter.
The letter to the department from the group’s attorney, Richard Salhi, requested extra scrutiny on Rosebud’s application and raised concerns about whether the lawsuits and other issues involving Forrest’s business might affect the Ohio project.
Officials with Pennsylvania-based Rosebud didn’t respond to a request for comment, the newspaper said.