May 9, 2002:
Judge blocks new valley fills
Corps of Engineers' practice illegal, violates clean water act, Haden rules
May 10, 200s:
Key players react cautiously to mountaintop removal decision
May 12, 2002:
Mining limits won't kill economy
Fewer coal operations might actually be helpful, study finds
May 14, 2002:
U.S. asks Haden to suspend fill ruling
May 19, 2002:
Haden dug into history for ruling on valley fills
May 20, 2002:
Industry wants Haden to clarify valley fill ruling
Suspension of permitting risks jobs, coal lawyers say
Dec. 1, 2002:
Mining congressional intent
Appeal to focus on Clean Water Act's meaning
Gazette coverage: To read past Gazette stories, columns and editorials about mountaintop removal, go to The Gazette Online.
Briefs filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals:
Opening brief of federal regulat ory agencies.
Opening brief of coal industry intervenors.
Brief of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
Reply brief of federal regulatory agencies.
Other sources for more information:
Most of the documents filed in the mountaintop removal case can be downloaded from the U.S. District Court's web site. Go to the site, click on "District cases," and search for case number 2:01-0770. Information about the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is available on the court's web site. The court's previous opinions are also available through the Emory University School of Law.
The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act is available from the federal Office of Surface Mining Internet site. Or download it here. For other OSM information about mountaintop removal, go to the agency's Mountaintop Removal site. For information about the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement on mountaintop removal, visit this EPA web site.
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
Coal industry organizations:
National Mining Association