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The following links lead to our Diary of Longwall Mining Damage web pages.

 


Diary of Damage 2008

Diary of Damage 2007
Diary of Damage 2006
Diary of Damage 2005
Diary of Damage 2004
Diary of Damage 2003

The following links go to our detailed pictures:

April 2010 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Back porch repairs, and water well tesing.
January 2, 2007 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Radon pipe installation thru chimney.
December 28, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  NE Parlor plastering, radon ventilation pipe installation in kitchen fireplace.
December 27, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  NE Parlor plastering, radon ventilation pipe installation in kitchen fireplace.
December 26, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Radon ventilation pipe installation in kitchen fireplace, basement.
December 20, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  NE Parlor plastering, radon ventilation pipe installation in kitchen fireplace.
December 12, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Radon ventilation pipe installation in kitchen fireplace, chimney.
December 11, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Radon reading of 61.4 pCi/L.
December 10, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Radon reading of 45.6pCi/L.
December 9, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Radon reading of 57pCi/L.
December 7, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Basement cement pouring.
December 6, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Cistern plastering, basement cement pour preparations.
December 4, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Cistern cleanup.
November 29, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Milk house and basement cement pouring, straw bales around travel trailer.
November 23, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Milk house cement pour preparations, damaged wall.
November 22, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Basement plastic barrier installation.
November 17, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Basement floor radon ventilation pipe installation.
November 15, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  1847 Rogers Bros silver spoon artifact.
November 14, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Basement floor radon ventilation pipe installation.
November 9, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Main house, summer kitchen exterior brick replacement, trench filling, basement block restoration.
November 8, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  French drain trench filling, exterior brick replacement, basement block restoration.
November 6, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Trenching, exterior brick replacement, NE parlor plastering.
November 2, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Trenching, NE parlor plastering.
November 1, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Trenching for french drain.
October 31, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Door and Window Tops.
October 30, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Cistern archaeological survey, trenching.
October 25, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Trenching, artifacts, exterior storage shed.
October 24, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Plaster removal, upstairs, downstairs, NE Parlor, trenching, cutting lumber for coal and wood shed.
October 18, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Virgin forest tree survey, basement concrete demolition, NE Parlor plaster removal.
October 17, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  NE Parlor and upstairs landing plaster removal, NE Parlor rectangular cutout.
August 30, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  SHPO meeting and tour.
August 25, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Pre-restoration meeting and tour.
March 7, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Coal and wood shed broken 1863 window.
March 3, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Ceiling, wall subsidence damage.
February 20, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Loading hay.
February 19, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Frozen livestock water tank.
February 18, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Frozen livestock water tank.
January 26, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Upstairs hallway ceiling plaster damage, and NE Parlor damage over window.
January 17, 2006 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Downstairs stairway woodwork separation.
December 20, 2005 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Frozen livestock water tank.
December 14, 2005 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Frozen livestock water tank.
December 12, 2005 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Frozen livestock water tank.
December 7, 2005 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Frozen livestock water tank.
December 5, 2005 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Frozen livestock water tank.
November 25, 2005 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Snow and cold weather.
October 30, 2005 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Fall pictures of farm.
April 20, 2005 - Images - New House  -  Patched subsidence cracks in bricks.
April 11, 2005 - Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  QAS spring development for livestock.
March 3, 2005 - Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Basement sump pump installation.
March 1, 2005 - Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Snow and cold weather.
January 21, 2005 - Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Coal and wood shed emergency repairs/bracing.
January 15, 2005 - Images - New House  -  Plumb bob movement.
January 11, 2005 - Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Pasture subsidence cracks.
January 6, 2005 - Images - New House  -  Basement leaks and wall cracks.
December 23, 2004 - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Field subsidence cracks, from collapse of longwall mine road "gate".
December 16, 2004 - Images - Country Mile Farm  -  Far strips subsidence crack, 7 feed deep, 27 inches wide, 6 feet long.
December 3, 2004 - Images - New House  -  Yard & satellite dish.
November 15, 2004 - Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Long subsidence crack in pasture along Hart's road, 160 foot long, 6 inches wide crack, ODNR personnel.
November 15, 2004 - Images - New House  -  Mouse traps in basement,
November 3, 2004 - Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Pryor barn and new foundation.
October 27, 2004 Images - New House  -  Basement wall, concrete floor cracks, yellow foam insulation.
October 25, 2004 Images - New House  -  Temporary water supply tank, patched brickwork.
February 28, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  St Rt 147 road subsidence cracks, de-watered wetland and stock tank.
February 26, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Summer kitchen, main house subsidence damage, plumb bob movement, broken foundation stone, NE Parlor damage.
February 14, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  NE Parlor damage and exterior damaged bricks.
February 10, 2004 Images - New House  -  Underground water tank removal, trench backfilling.
February 4, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  St Rt 147 subsidence cracks.
February 1, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Fallen plaster, upstairs bedrooms, hallway.
January 14, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Backfilling trenches by Hughes Construction, summer kitchen cracks.
January 13, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Removal of subsidence mitigation cables, barn ramp, exterior brick damage.
January 12, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Basement floor cracks, displacement of cellar entryway stones.
January 10, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  St Rt 147 subsidence cracks.
January 9, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Exterior braces and cables around main house and summer kitchen, damaged baseboard, ceiling and wall cracks.
January 9, 2004 Images - New House  -  New above-ground temporary water supply installation, patched brickwork.
January 6, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Plumb bob movement, NE Parlor cracks, downstairs hallway cracks.
January 5, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Exterior cables/braces on summer kitchen, exterior brickwork damage.
January 4, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Fallen plaster on stairway, upstairs hallway, landing, upstairs bedrooms.
January 2, 2004 Images - New House  -  Temporary water supply delivery truck.
January 2, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Milk house with braces and cables and damaged concrete floor/walls, cracks in main house basement.
January 1, 2004 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  External braces and cables around house.
December 31, 2003 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Basement floor cracks.
December 28, 2003 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  1st subsidence damage images for James Kinney house.
December 27, 2003 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Pre-mining mitigation tasks, Dinah Burns & Maggie.
December 26, 2003 Images - New House  -  Cracks in garage floor, patio walls, basement floor, living room fireplace bricks.
December 24, 2003 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Cabling and braces on main house, summer kitchen, barn foundation posts, ramp support posts, barn trenches.
December 22, 2003 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Cabling and braces on main house, summer kitchen, tensioning hardware.
December 19, 2003 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Water filters and UV light for temporary water supply.
December 18, 2003 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Cabling and braces on main house, summer kitchen, plywood covered trenches.
December 17, 2003 Images - James Kinney Farmstead  -  Summer kitchen braces.
June 13, 2003 Images - New House  -  Exterior cracks, misaligned bricks, sunken walkway, basement wall cracks.
June 12, 2003 Images - New House  -  Large brick cracks in patio, back of house, backyard ground.
June 11, 2003 Images - New House  -  ODNR survey, exterior brick cracks, ground cracks.
June 10, 2003 Images - New House  -  Exterior brick cracks, ground cracks.
June 7 - 9, 2003 Images - New House  -  1st subsidence damage photos of New House, temporary water supply tank installation.








[Note: OVCC only owns mineral rights to the #8 vein of coal. The mineral rights to all remaining veins of coal, gas and oil resources are retained by the landowners. During the mining process, the #9 vein of coal is rubbleized and rendered unusable to the landowners. The #9 vein of coal is 48 inches thick which will produce 140 tons per acre inch resulting in 6720 tons per acre. At a market value of $25 per ton this works out to a loss of $168000 per acre, or over $94,000,000 for the entire 560 acre farm.]

Longwall mining uses a technique of total extraction with panels often in excess of 1000 ft. wide. The panel used by Ohio Valley Coal Company in this case is 900 ft. wide and covers thousands of feet in length. The #8 vein of coal is approximately 550 ft. below the surface and is consistently 6ft. in depth. The mining machine sheers off 2 and 1/2 ft. of coal at a time across the entire face of the panel. As the mining continues from west to east the roof is allowed to collapse behind the face, thus causing subsidence to occur all the way to the surface. Hence the effects are damages to structures, as well as possible slips in the land above, the draining of water sources due to the fracturing of aquafers and underground streams, etc., all consequences of the earthquake-like effects occurring 550 ft. down. Since the voids are not filled mechanically by back-stowing the results are the subsidence damages that we are now experiencing. Unfortunately, the laws of our country allow these things to occur. The only requirements are that the coal companies must provide temporary water supplies and some repairs to property, not specifically detailed as to quality. That is left to be discussed between coal companies and property owners. I will detail that aspect later on this website. Understanding that coal fired power plants provide approximately 52% of the electricity generated in this country, one can see how very powerful the fossil fuel lobby continues to be. Landowners are at the mercy of this industry as they claim superior rights in mining this one vein of coal. OVCC has been operating in this area for over 10 years with various negative impacts to many peoples' lives. Some structures are less negatively affected than what you are seeing to our home. Newer structures, being more rigid, seem to suffer the more serious damage, a fact which was expressed to us, by a representative of the coal company, some years before the actual mining took place. Techniques for helping to prevent damage are widely known (including backfilling technology), though nothing was done in that regard in an attempt to lessen the negative effects to this home.

 

 

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