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Coal mine

In this file photo, a fixed coal stacker, left, unloads into a massive pile as a dozer works adjacent to the mountain of coal at the Hopedale Mine near Cadiz, Ohio.
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An Ohio Senate decision to cut funding Republican Gov. Mike DeWine budgeted for reclaiming abandoned coal mining sites is expected to arise during budget compromise talks this week.

Jeff Ivers owns 43 acres of land in Perry County, surrounded by Perry State Forest. A mining company proposed building a 545-acre strip mine over the forest.
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“I water my horses out of this creek down here,” Jeff Ivers says, resting his hand on his horse’s nose.

He looks out over his land: 43 acres, surrounded on three sides by Perry State Forest, with a small creek running through it.

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Ohio's transportation department plans to fill a vacant coal mine that's causing a heavily used highway in southeast Ohio to sag a bit.

Ohio Man Killed in WV Coal Mine Accident

Mar 9, 2015
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State officials are investigating a coal mine accident in Marshall County that killed one worker and injured two others.

Murray Energy identified the miner who was killed as John M. “Mike” Garloch of Neffs, Ohio.

West Virginia Department of Commerce spokeswoman Leslie Smithson said Monday that one of the injured miners has been released from a hospital while the other remains hospitalized. She says the 45-year-old Garloch was an assistant longwall coordinator.