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UPDATE: No bidders for coal leases inside Wayne National Forest

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Published: Sep. 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT
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No bids were received during a competitive lease sale for coal underneath about 430 acres of the Wayne National Forest, the federal

government said.

The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States released the results of last week's offering on Tuesday.

Leases involved seven tracts in Perry and Morgan counties that contain an estimated 1.4 million tons of sub-surface mineable federal coal.

The sale came in response to a lease application by CCU Coal and Construction, formerly Westmoreland Coal Co., which already operates an adjacent privately-owned underground coal mine. But the bureau said no one bid on the leases.

Officials said the public will be notified if an additional request is ever made to offer competitive leases for the tracts.


ORIGINAL STORY: 9/25/19

The federal government is holding a competitive lease sale for coal underneath nearly 500 acres inside Ohio's Wayne National Forest.

The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States said Wednesday's sale involves seven tracts in Perry and Morgan counties that contain an estimated 1.4 million tons of sub-surface mineable federal coal.

The offering comes in response to a lease application by CCU Coal and Construction, formerly Westmoreland Coal Co.

The company already operates an adjacent privately-owned underground coal mine that covers over 8,500 acres and produces 1.2 million tons of coal a year. In 2018, the mine employed 155 and supported 400 total jobs.

The bid opening on Wednesday will deliver each tract lease to the highest bidder, provided the amount is above the fair market value and other bid requirements are satisfied.

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