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Mine companies win mountaintop appeal

A divided panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Friday to allow mountaintop removal mining without more extensive environmental reviews.  The 2-1 decision was written by Judge Roger L. Gregory, joined by Judge Dennis W. Shedd.  Judge M. Blane Michael wrote a dissent.

As reported by the Associated Press, the rulings are a blow to environmentalists and coalfield neighbors who oppose the efficient but destructive practice that exposes shallow coal seams.

By Peter Vieth

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