Groups sue to block W. Virginia coal mine

Bloomberg reports that three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the proposed Highland Reylas mountaintop removal mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the Sierra Club filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Huntington challenging a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The groups claim the corps failed to consider scientific studies that say mountaintop removal mines pose health threats to residents.

Highland Reylas is owned by Highland Mining Company, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, the company that  bought Massey Energy following a deadly blast at one of its coal mines.

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