Court of Appeals to hear mountaintop removal fight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky coal company will ask
the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday to reject a ruling that
would place restrictions on a mountaintop removal mine it wants to
open in Floyd County.

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 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 mines.

In September, a Franklin Circuit Court judge ruled that the way
the state imposed the restrictions was fair, and the coal company
appealed. A three-judge panel is set to hear the case Friday
morning in Frankfort.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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