Coal Mine Fire Burns In Perry County ...

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Elyria, OH

#1 Jun 2, 2010
There are still water wells where you can bring out a bucket of boiling water.
There are fumaroles in which you can place a foil wrapped potato, come back later and it's baked.
The corner of New Straitsville's gym cracked and snow used to blow in the crack -- wide as your hand -- the coal beneath had burned out and the mine shaft was subsiding.
My 8th grade teacher, Leo Duffy, read from a manuscript for a book I don't believe he ever published, "Subterraean Hell," about the mine fire. He knew the men who started it, and took their names with him to the grave.
Welsh mining engineers were brought in after the fire started -- the Welsh have good success in extinguishing mine fires in England -- and nothing they tried worked.
The fire has lived longer than most natives of the area.
Jon H

Columbus, OH

#2 Jun 2, 2010
burning coal under the ground wouldn't be an easy fire to put out. Since its Perry County I guess no one cares.

Johnstown, OH

#3 Jun 2, 2010
no way... this is amazing. I go down that area 1-2x a year and get a cabin out in the woods. Never heard of this before. Where could I go to get more information or even see some of these amazing things?

Elyria, OH

#4 Jun 3, 2010
Jon H wrote:
burning coal under the ground wouldn't be an easy fire to put out. Since its Perry County I guess no one cares.
It all comes down to money.
When the big coal mining concerns -- the mineral rights were owned by New York magnates -- believed the mines profitable, they considered coal seams nine feet thick (!) and knew they could make a great deal of money from it -- thus the effort, and expense, of extinguishing the fires.
When the mines in the region were no longer sufficiently profitable (notice I did not say unprofitable, just not sufficiently profitable) these New York money men telegraphed the mine bosses: "Lock your doors and go home, you're out of business." The entire region's economy was dependent on Old King Coal: if you were a blacksmith, you smithed for the mines; if you were a timber cutter, you cut bank posts for the mines; if you were a horse handler, you hostled bank mules and mine ponies.
When the mines closed, when the fires could not be stopped, the money men turned off the financial faucet.
You might want to ask Al Gore and the environmentalists why they're not jumping up and down stiff-legged. This is more than a century of pouring vaporized nickle, mercury, sulfur and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Carbon footprint, anyone?
Jon H

Columbus, OH

#5 Jun 3, 2010
If Nat King Coal was still alive this would never happen.

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