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Peevyhouse v. Garland Coal & Mining Co.
Citation:382 P.2d 109 (1962)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Plaintiffs owned a farm containing coal deposits, and in November, 1954, leased the premises to defendant for a period of five years for coal mining purposes. A ‘strip-mining’ operation was contemplated in which the coal would be taken from pits on the surface of the ground, instead of from underground mine shafts. In addition to the usual covenants found in a coal mining lease, defendant specifically agreed to perform certain restorative and remedial work at the end of the lease period. It is unnecessary to set out the details of the work to be done, other than to say that it would involve the moving of many thousands of cubic yards of dirt, at a cost estimated by expert witnesses at about $29,000. However, plaintiffs sued for only $25,000.
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