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ODNR to hold public meetings to discuss Abandoned Mine Land projects
Updated: Wednesday, August 28 2013, 07:30 PM EDT
By Jon Rudder
OHIO - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will hold open houses to discuss proposed Abandoned Mine Land projects throughout Ohio.
Staff from the Division of Mineral Resources Management will answer questions and listen to concerns that residents may have about about Ohio mines that have been abandoned.
The ODNR will explain the policies and procedures of Ohio's Abandoned Mine Land program and present a list of proposed projects
Officials have set up meetings for Columbiana, Jefferson, Belmont, Guernsey, Monroe, Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties. All of the open houses are from 5-7 p.m.
In November, the ODNR will apply for more than $10 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior for abandoned mine repossession projects. The projects are to be completed between January 2014 and December 2016.
Landowners are encouraged to present details regarding abandoned mines located on their property and check on eligibility for funding.
"We want people to come talk to us, tell us what you're seeing and we'll come out and take a look at it," ODNR Public Information Officer Mark Bruce said. "There's a lot of things that we're able to fix. We're able to close up those mine openings. We're able to remediate and take down some of those walls so you don't have dangers of falling rock and things like that."
Bruce also emphasized that residents could share concerns about places that didn't necessarily have to be on their property. Whether it be a walking trail or hunting spot, he urged residents to help the ODNR become aware of these trouble spots.