Residents leery of plan to reopen western Pa. mine

FINLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Some residents say they’re concerned that a company’s proposal to reopen a western Pennsylvania coal mine will bring dust, noise and traffic into their bucolic surroundings.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/ZdUtYt ) says Ramaco Inc., a company based in Lexington, Ky., wants to build a mine on 42 acres zoned for agricultural use in Washington County’s Nottingham Township.

Township officials are expected to vote May 6 on conditional use and land developments permits for the project. More than 100 people attended a hearing earlier this month on the proposal, and officials expect at least that many to show up for next month’s vote.

President and co-founder Michael Bauersachs said the company is “trying to resurrect an old coal mine” and plans “to be a very good neighbor.”

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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