"I don't know where the material is going," Morgan said.
Morgan said a permit revision also eliminates one water discharge point and relocates 11 others, but doesn't explain how this will affect the area's hydrology.
On Thursday afternoon, Larry Alt, the DEP mining permit supervisor in Logan, demonstrated for Haden how he uses his knuckles to estimate whether strip mines will meet the federal "approximate original contour" reclamation standard.
"I use my hand, with this being the mountains and these being the peaks," Alt said, showing the judge his fist. "Everything would be flat and spread out if it's not approximate original contour."
Alt also used a ballpoint pen to show Haden how he draws circles on his knuckles to indicate elevation changes, as they might be shown on a topographic map.
James Weekley, a lifelong Pigeonroost Hollow resident, testified that the Hobet mining operation would ruin his enjoyment of the stream in front of his home and the hills that surround it.
"It would look like where an atomic bomb was dropped," Weekley said.
The preliminary injunction hearing will continue today at 9 a.m.