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State Lawmaker Doesn't Want Another Centrailia

A State lawmaker from Lackawanna County says he will do whathe can to ensure that mine fires in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties do not turn into another Centrailia.
State Representative Kevin Haggerty of Lackawanna County will urge Governor Tom Corbett to declare several tracts of land where underground mine fires are burning as disaster areas-The designation could open the doors for additional funding to put those fires out- Haggerty said, "We don't want another Centralia---we have to make sure these fires are out once and for all-we just can't contain we must put them out-" Olyphant Councilman Jerry Tully said, "I fear that these mine fires are just too dangerous to be allowed to smolder and hope it will be alright"-  DEP spokesperson Colleen Connolly told Eyewitness News, "We will never allow the Olyphant mine fire to become another Centralia- It is contained by the trench and soon we will put out bids for the fire to be put out- " She added, "Funding is always an issue there just isn't money out there to put out these fires--Federal money is used but even that is tough to obtain in most cases" -Haggerty will hold a news conference Thursday at 1 pm at the Eureka Hose Company in Olyphant to discuss his plans-
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