Court of Appeals hears mountaintop removal fight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky coal company has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to reject a ruling that would place
restrictions on a 2,000-acre plot of land it wants to mine in Floyd

Local residents and an environmental group have opposed the
planned strip mines owned by Laurel Mountain Resources because of concerns about blasting and flooding.

The state's Energy and Environment Cabinet is allowing the
surface mines, including mountaintop removal mines, to proceed, but
the cabinet imposed some restrictions, including barring the
company's trucks from using a one-lane road to haul coal from the

Laurel Mountain attorney Blaine Early told the court Friday that
the restrictions may not be appropriate for the entire plot,
especially if private land owners have other uses in mind once the
mining is finished.

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