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Ohio's Wayne National Forest to lease coal rights

Published: September 13, 2013 11:33 AM

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Wayne National Forest has agreed to lease rights to federally-owned coal that is under more than 430 acres in eastern Ohio.

Forest Supervisor Anne Carey issued a decision on Friday consenting to the U.S. Department of Interior's leasing of the seven parcels of land in Perry and Morgan counties, east of the town of Corning.

Appeals will be accepted for 45 days.

Carey said in a release that a review found the forest's resources and recreation opportunities wouldn't be significantly impacted as long as the coal was mined by underground methods. Mining activity wouldn't require a surface presence.

A private company sought lease rights from the federal agency's Bureau of Land Management. After the appeals process, the bureau can decide whether there's a competitive sale.

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