Officials release new requirements for mines near one WV lake

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(Coal mine photo courtesy US Geographical Survey)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal officials don't want coal mining beneath or within 1,585 feet of a West Virginia dam.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced requirements Friday for any operators that want to bid for leases to mine federal land around East Lynn Lake in Wayne County.

Two companies applied to mine 13,089 acres of coal at the site. Besides the boundary at the dam, the agency wants a buffer of at least 200 feet around the lake. That requirement also calls for a review of the area's geology and potential risks.

The federal agency set the requirements with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Critics of any coal leasing include East Lynn's recreational users. The lake is popular for fishing and boating.

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