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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Out of Sight, Out of Mine

Some folks in Trimble Township, Ohio, are complaining about a plan to bring $100,000 into the township's coffers. The money from the Buckingham Coal company would pay for maintenance of the township's 11 graveyards—including the Glouster Cemetery.

Residents are upset about the township’s plan to sell the mineral rights for the land underneath the cemetery to the coal company. They worry that digging underneath the plots will disrupt the caskets, which are buried about four feet below ground. [Link]
Representatives of Buckingham Coal have assured the trustees that their operations will be at least 230 feet below the surface. And that it would take hundreds of millions of years for any organic material buried in the cemetery to turn into a natural resource worth digging up.

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