A Mining Conflict in One State

August 12, 2015


There is a mining conflict brewing in the state of Ohio. It’s happening between environmentalists and mining supporters.


The Belmont County wildlife area is going to be the first Ohio Department of Natural Resources property to be mined.


This comes after a ruling by the Ohio State Supreme Court that will permit strip mining by the owners of the mineral rights underlying parklands.


This decision was reached over the objection of state officials, who felt that strip mining would great damage state land. One company has received a five-year state permit to mine coal in one area.


About 40 percent of Ohio’s forests, state parks, wildlife areas and natural preserves are subject to mining or drilling since previous landowners retained mineral rights when the state acquired the properties.


Once any mining operations are complete, the company is required to reclaim the land. This means all soil and natural vegetation must be restored.


About 80 percent of one wildlife area in the state consists of reclaimed strip mines. The last mining on the property occurred in 1998.


There are many fights taking place in the mining world. The conflicts often center on land and obtaining permission to start mining operations. Safer equipment makes for safer mining and reduces the chances of injury during mining.