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Groups sue Penn Virginia, claim mining pollution

Tuesday - 7/31/2012, 12:35pm  ET

BIG STONE GAP, Va. - Penn Virginia Operating Co. is being sued by three environmental groups who claim waterways have been polluted by illegal discharges from former mining sites in Wise County.

`The Roanoke Times ( http://bit.ly/Q9cJfu) says Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, the Sierra Club and Appalachian Voices filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Big Stone Gap.

The lawsuit claims piles of mine refuse called gob piles have discharged without a permit iron, manganese and other metals into Callahan, Mud Lick, Halls Branch of Mud Lick and Preacher creeks. The gob piles are located at seven former surface mining sites owned by Penn Virginia.

Penn Virginia Resource Partners spokesman Steve Milbourne says the company believes it's in full compliance. He declined further comment, saying he hadn't seen the lawsuit.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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