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Tar Creek buyouts create ghost town

Oklahoman Modified: March 14, 2010 at 8:12 am •  Published: March 14, 2010
PICHER — As the final residents prepare to move out of Picher, vandals move in with little fear of police, an official said.

Picher is a former mining town at the center of the Tar Creek Superfund site, a 40-square-mile area polluted by decades of lead and zinc mining.

An Army Corps of Engineering study in 2006 revealed that much of the town was sitting on deteriorating mines that could eventually collapse.

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Tar Creek buyout facts

→Voluntary federal buyout announced: May 2006

→Towns involved: Picher, Cardin and Hockerville

→Expected completion: July

→Cost: about $55 million

→Number of offers accepted: 817

→Number rejected: 19

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→University of Oklahoma in Norman: 7 p.m. Friday

→Grove: Mid-April (date to be announced)

→University of Arkansas, Fort Smith: 9 a.m. April 20

→Chickasaw Nation in Ada: 7 p.m. April 22

Contact: Matt Myers at tar for more details.


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