The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 16, 2009

Groups continue to fight Bridge Fork mine permit

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“In consideration of the water quality violations at this site, apparent violations at other mine sites operated by Powellton and the cumulative impacts to the environment, we request that DEP deny this permit renewal until a full evaluation of cumulative effects can occur with public input,” Striker wrote.

“The groups who filed this appeal made similar comments during the review process, and we responded to those comments as part of the normal review/approval process,” said Tom Hoffman, CONSOL Energy’s senior vice president of external affairs. “… this is merely a renewal of an existing permit; we believe it was appropriately issued by DEP, and we will, of course, be prepared to defend the validity of the appeal.”

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