State Questions Cambridge Mining Ruling

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Tuesday, December 31, 2002 - 11:42 AM
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The state has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling that could cost the state millions of dollars in payments to coal companies that are prohibited from mining on their property. The ruling is based on a case in Guernsey county. The court, in a four-to-three ruling on December 18th, said the state must pay R-T-G Incorporated for coal on land it owns that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ruled to be unsuitable for mining. The land sites on an aquifer that is the primary water source for the village of Pleasant City, about ten miles south of Cambridge in Guernsey county. The court ruled that coal has a value that may be separated from other properties in land. Thus the coal company was due compensation under Ohio’s “Takings Law.” That law requires the state to pay for land it decides must be served for the public interest.

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