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Mine company asks homeowners to sign waivers

The Tribune-Review
| Wednesday, April 14, 2004 12:00 a.m

Maple Creek Mining has offered $5,000 each to 14 homeowners in Fallowfield Township if all agree to sign waivers to allow the company to resume room-and-pillar coal mining beneath their homes.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has ordered the company, owned by UMCO Energy Inc., to shut down portions of its High Quality Mine in the township for a number of reasons, including not giving the 14 property owners six months’ advance notice before mining the land.

DEP spokeswoman Betsy Mallison said the company is permitted to offer the waivers. She said DEP staff workers are meeting with residents to advise them of their rights.

The company must receive waivers from all 14 residents. If not, it must wait until mid-June to resume the room-and-pillar mining, which leaves sections of the coal seam in place.

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