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Victory in Pennysylvania: King Coal Must Pay for Damages

Thought we would pass the good news on...... From: Citizens Coal Council

* Conservationists Score Major Court Victory on Destruction from Mining;*

*Federal Court Rules Pennsylvania Must Require Coal Industry to Post Bonds to Cover Entire Cost of Cleanup*

Citizens' Coal Council logo, kind of a blue shamrock Harrisburg, PA (August 3, 2007) –The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit yesterday gave a victory to Pennsylvania’s environment and economy by ruling in favor of a coalition represented by Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must require the state’s coal operators to post bonds to cover the entire cost of environmental cleanup. The case began in December 2003, when PennFuture filed a lawsuit on behalf of Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (formerly PA Trout), the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Tri-State Citizens Mining Network (now known as the Center for Coalfield Justice) and the Mountain Watershed Association against both the federal and state governments for their failure to protect Pennsylvania’s environment from damage caused by mining operations, including acid stream pollution.

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