Lawyers for the company and the association argued that any further limitations on mountaintop removal would keep them from making as much money from their coal holdings.
Typically, large land companies lease their coal rights to coal companies, which mine the coal and pay the companies a royalty on it.
Late last week, environmentalists filed a nine-page motion to oppose the land groups' intervention.
In the motion, Lovett cited court cases that ruled parties that want to intervene in such cases must have strong and direct interests in the cases' outcome.
In those rulings, courts held that economic effect on property interests "does not create a protectable interest in litigation concerning a statute that regulated environmental, not economic interests."
In the motion, Lovett also questioned why the current intervenors cannot adequately represent the land owners.
Lovett revealed that Western Pocahontas is a member of the West Virginia Coal Association, which has already intervened in the case. He also noted that many other land companies are also members of the coal association.
"While coal owners contend that current parties including the coal associations cannot adequately represent their interests, they fail to disclose that members of the West Virginia Coal Association include other coal owners and lessors that stand in precisely the same shoes as they do," Lovett wrote.
"Like coal owners, other members of the West Virginia Coal Association, including coal operator members, own vast tracts of fee land and coal in West Virginia. These members of the West Virginia Coal Association, whose interests are identical to those of the proposed Coal Owner Intervenors, include Pocahontas Land Company, Dickinson Company/Southern Land Company, Ber Land Company, Cotiga Development Company, and Dingess Rum Properties Inc."