A road is being built over land that can be mined for coal, and a lawyer is trying to figure out how his client will be compensated.
Robert Lightcap is an attorney for Penn Pocahantas Coal Company which owns approximately 16 blocks of coal covering several thousand acres in Somerset County where Route 219 is being constructed.
The highway will go over the coal reserves owned by his client.
Some of the coal is in release to PBS Coals. They already had a planned, permitted mine in place. Lightcap says acres of coal will be lost because of the road project.