Testimony ends in West Virginia surface coal mine hearing

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Surface Mine Board is deciding whether to revoke a permit for a surface mining operation located near Kanawha State Forest.

Testimony ended Wednesday in a hearing over the Keystone Industries KD No. 2 mine permit issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the board is expected to take a month or more to rule on the case.

Keystone Industries was issued a state permit to mine on more than 400 acres. As a condition of the permit, Keystone agreed not to use state forest roads for access, coal hauling or other mine-related activity.

Several environmental groups have opposed the mining operation.

The board hearing began on Aug. 11 and resumed Wednesday. It will rule after final briefs are filed and reviewed.

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