In a July 29 letter to Foster, she said she believes the recent petition filed by the three groups "does not present a basis for the Keeper to reconsider the petition....
"We believe renomination is the most equitable means of addressing the public's concerns and resolving the confusion that has persisted during the nomination process."
In a July 29 letter to Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Shull asked him to renominate the site to the National Register.
"We believe that renomination of Blair Mountain Battlefield will address the concerns of the petitioners and others who have contacted us about the removal of Blair Mountain Battlefield. I urge you to begin this process as soon as possible," Shull wrote.
State Culture and History officials were unavailable for comment Wednesday.
"We have no problems with filing another petition for reconsideration," Foster said. "We think the error is so clear cut, we want to give them the chance to correct it."
Gordon Simmons, president of the West Virginia Labor History Association, believes a key factor in the ongoing debate is the desire of coal companies, including Massey Energy, to mine coal on the Blair Mountain site.
"If they blow the place apart, all the historic and archaeological value of it will be destroyed," he said. "They will not only get valuable coal, but destroy part of the state's history."
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