At the Dal-Tex operation near Monclo, just south of the Boone-Logan county line, Dal-Tex manager Mark White showed off what he said was clean water coming through a discharge pipe out of a finished valley fill into a pond.
"There's fish in there, wildlife?" Haden asked.
"I've never fished it, so I don't know," White responded. "But with the water quality the way it is, it would be a good one to stock."
White also told Haden the valley fill has improved the flow quantity of the stream.
"When they first walked this, when they proposed the valley fill, this was dry; now it's perennial," White said.
Frank Volk, Haden's law clerk, asked White if the valley fill's effect of absorbing rainwater ever backfires.
"Does the sponge ever get saturated sometime in the future?" Volk asked.
"I don't know what you mean by saturated," White replied.
Haden jumped in, "So it becomes unstabled?"
"That's what the designs are for," White said.
Farther south along W.Va. 17 at Spruce Valley, the caravan drove up Pigeonroost Hollow.
The vans passed the home of James and Sibby Weekley, plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the mine.
Pigeonroost Branch flowed through the hollow, past the Weekleys' home.
Biologists for the environmental group and the company debated whether the stream supports an abundance of aquatic life.
When the vans drove by his home, James Weekley came out onto the porch and waved at the judge.