By AMY GAREIS News-Herald Staff Writer
CADIZ – A publication snafu sparked concerns among Freeport-area residents and drove several out to the Harrison County Commission meeting on Wednesday.
About a half-dozen people turned out for a public hearing about a proposed project near Rosebud’s Vail Mine, but a recently published legal notice had advertised the project for strip mining when it actually dealt with wetland development.
Barry Alexin, chief engineer for Rosebud Ohio, told commissioners that the mining company was planning to conduct operations within 100 feet of County Road 10 in a wetland area.
“This is in conjunction with the new Vail Mine that’s being built in Freeport Township,” he said. “In the construction of the mine, we had disturbed 1.2 acres of previous wetlands. Because we disturbed it, we have to replace it 3-to-1.”
He said a 3.5-acre tract would be developed for permanent wetlands near Crab Orchard Creek to rectify the matter. Rosebud Mining owns the land but needed leaders’ consent. Residents questioned the location of the site, and those who read the notice regarding strip mining in the newspaper asked what type of operations would occur. Alexin clarified that Rosebud would only underground mining and operators anticipated at least 20 years’ worth of activity. But even more mining could occur based on the coal volume in that area. Alexin said Wednesday’s hearing was only about wetlands development and they would be located in a flat area of the valley. He provided a map for the public to view and added that motorists could still use the road for access.
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