Judge Sides With Environmental Groups In Coal Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A judge has ruled the Army Corps of Engineers violated federal environmental laws by failing to give the public enough of a say before issuing permits for two mountaintop removal coal mines.

Sierra club spokesman Oliver Bernstein says the decision issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers affects most pending surface mine permits in West Virginia, the nation's no. 2 coal producer.

That would be another setback for the coal industry. The environmental protection agency recently held up 79 mountaintop permits for additional scrutiny.

That has cheered environmental groups that argue the surface mining method should be banned.

Chambers ordered the corps to correct the problem with the permits given to subsidiaries of Consol Energy and Penn Virginia Resources.

Neither had immediate comment.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Leon Location: Rockport on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Jan, its jobs at the cost of destroying the mountains for ever. The reason they do mountain top removal is to eliminate some jobs,it would take more workers to mine out of a coal mine. This is all about $$$$$$,mining all of the coal that you can,as fast as you can , as cheap as you can, and totally destroying mountains and polluting the streams in a irregardless manner. I suggest you do a little research and see what massy energy has been able to do down through the years buy bribing our federal judges in southern WV.
  • by jan Location: parkersburg on Nov 27, 2009 at 11:09 PM
    its jobs! and if any one had a half of brain they would notice we have a shortage of them!
  • by Toad Belcher Location: P-Burg on Nov 27, 2009 at 04:55 AM
    I am not a tree hugger by no means but I am against the total destruction and leveling of our precious mountains for removal of coal, underground mining IE: coal mines I am all for, but this Mountain top removal is wrong IMO.
  • by Martin Location: Belpre on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    Ban it! I would rather live in the dark! These coal mines are out of control.
  • by Izzy Location: Parkersburg on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    Yes! If you have ever seen the damage that mountaintop mining does you would want it banned. Just go to the southern part of West Virginia. The ground is covered with coal dust, the equipment used to mine damages the environment and roads. The streams are polluted and the chance for flooding is increased.
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