Kentucky Court of Appeals hears mountaintop removal fight
An eastern Kentucky coal company on Friday 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 near a small community in Floyd County.
Local residents who have lived in the area for five generations and an environmental group opposed the planned surface and mountaintop removal mining by Laurel Mountain Resources because of concerns about blasting and flooding in the valley where people live.
Lawyers for the Prestonsburg-based coal company, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the environmental group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth made arguments in front of a three-judge panel Friday morning.
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