Judge wants more time to decide on mine permit

Martha SparksSociety Editor

August 24, 2012

CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal judge wants more time to decide if he’ll block a Clean Water Act permit for a Logan County coal mine while environmentalists appeal the permit to a higher court.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington said Thursday that he’d continue a legal stay on the permit for the Alpha Natural Resources mine until he can consider new legal briefs and arguments.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Chambers said he might not rule until later in the week.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and others had challenged the permit at Virginia-based Alpha’s Highland Reylas surface mine.

Earlier this month Chambers ruled in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Alpha. The groups hope to appeal the decision to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.