MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Mediation has failed to settle a
lawsuit by hundreds of Boone County residents who blame coal
companies for contaminating their water supplies.
Attorney Roger Decanio said Wednesday the case against Massey
Energy and four subsidiaries is headed for trial.
Circuit Judge William Thompson has consolidated 155 medical
monitoring lawsuits involving about 350 people and tentatively
scheduled trial for June 12.
The companies are now owned by Virginia-based Alpha Natural
The other operators originally sued have agreed to confidential
settlements but denied responsibility for the problems.
Residents of Seth and Prenter say mining activities, including
the underground injection of coal slurry, are to blame for
discolored, foul-smelling well water and health problems.
The plaintiffs are now served by public water lines and no
longer rely on their wells for consumption.