CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — 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. That company’s owner also owns the firm responsible for the West Virginia spill, Freedom Industries.
The Times-Reporter in the Dover-New Philadelphia area ( ) reports the Carroll Concerned Citizens group has asked the state Department of Natural Resources to put a hold on new coal mining permit requests by Rosebud.
The group’s attorney wants extra scrutiny on Rosebud’s application. Residents are concerned about making protecting their groundwater.
The newspaper says Rosebud officials didn’t respond to a request for comment.