Mine flooding suit settled

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky mining company has settled a
lawsuit that blamed mountaintop mining for a 2010 flood that
ravaged a tiny Appalachian community.
The suit says rainwater runoff from Cambrian Coal Corp.'s
surface mine turned nearby Harless Creek in Pike County into a
"raging river" during a July 17, 2010 storm. The flooding
engulfed homes and carried away cars and other property.
Attorney Ned Pillersdorf said Friday that the terms of the
settlement were confidential. A trial was scheduled for Monday.
A hydrological analysis entered as evidence in the suit said the
mining contributed to a 44 percent increase in peak stormwater
runoff during the rains. Another mining company settled its case
with the Harless Creek residents last year.
No one answered the phone Friday at Cambrian's office in
Belcher, Ky.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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