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Coal Company Ordered To Add Buffer Zone At Surface Mine Near Blair Mountain

Reported: May. 8, 2014 9:04 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- State mining regulators have ordered a coal company to add a buffer zone at a surface mine near Blair Mountain.

The 1,000-foot buffer zone ordered by the Department of Environmental Protection is aimed at prevented mining activities from coming too close to the site where coal miners trying to unionize fought police and hired guns in 1921.

Division of Mining and Reclamation acting director Harold Ward told the Charleston Gazette that state inspectors discovered that Aracoma Coal's state permit for its Camp Branch mine didn't include a buffer zone.

Ward said the change will affect about 50 to 60 acres at the mine.

Alpha spokesman Steve Higginbottom said the company doesn't believe the change will have an adverse impact on its permit.

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