State, feds end negotiations over Ohio dam lawsuit


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio and the federal government have ended negotiations to resolve a lawsuit over mine tunnels being developed within the watershed of an Ohio state park reservoir, while still holding out hope for a settlement down the road.

A lawsuit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleges Ohio's decision to issue a permit to Buckingham Coal Co. violated a 1948 state-federal agreement that created the park and reservoir.

U.S. Magistrate Terence Kemp on Wednesday reopened the case, saying no agreement was reached.

Kemp said Ohio and the Justice Department have not abandoned hope for a settlement and will detail their next steps within two weeks.

Buckingham's project would link an existing mine about two miles from Burr Oak State Park in southeast Columbus with new coal reserves.

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