"It's a method of encouraging people to attend and show their support," Todd said of the fliers.
Since a previous public hearing in December, Hobet Mining officials have agreed to scale back the mine slightly, to limit blasting near homes, and to otherwise alter their mining plan to try to keep from bothering mine neighbors.
"It will be a lot better than it was," said DEP permit engineer Ken Stollings. "They've learned from their mistakes."
Hobet's current mine at Blair has driven many residents from their homes with dust, blasting and noise.
Carlos Gore, a Blair resident and activist, asked the pro-company crowd how many of them lived near the mine.
"How many of you people in the green shirts live in Blair and live with this?" Gore said. "I don't see any hands at all. Something's wrong here, isn't it?"
Others complained that the DEP Office of Mining and Reclamation has been too easy on the company.
A Gazette investigation, published Sunday, found that three-quarters of the mountaintop removal mines permitted over the last 20 years have not received a variance required by state and federal law.
Among 11 applications pending before DEP, six - including the proposed Hobet mine - have not requested the variance. The variance allows companies to remove entire tops of mountains and not reclaim mines to their approximate original contour.
"DEP is now the division of environmental permitting," said Secretary of State Ken Hechler.