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Ask Before You Build

'Ask Before You Build' Development Guide

Protect yourself from the hazards created by past mining. Particularly in coal-bearing regions of Southeast Ohio, landowners and developers need to be aware that significant problems can develop as a result of subsurface conditions created by past mining.

This Guide explains the hazards and suggests ways to avoid costly building and developing problems. It features descriptions and illustrations of land types and land development problems, program eligibility guidelines for funding, and list of additional resources. 

The topics include:

  • Highwalls
  • Landslides
  • Gas
  • Mine Spoil
  • Impoundments
  • Water Replacement
  • Subsidences
  • Flooding and Drainage
  • Mine Openings