The Battle of Blair Mountain, Round Two

lawyers working for the coal companies in the area produced its own list of landowners who objected to the listing—after the deadline for comment had passed....

Listing advocates say that in addition arriving too late, the new list was full of errors—including the names of people who were dead and those who weren't actually the rightful landowners...They accused the coal companies of drumming up the list in order to prevent the site from ... Full Story »

Posted by Beth Wellington - via Mother Jones, NewsRack (Energy)

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Beth Wellington
3.9
by Beth Wellington - Nov. 12, 2010

Gives background on the the significance of Blair Mountain and the history of trying to get historic designation and why that's fallen through and the implications if the site is destroyed due to mtr permits. Misses some of the current developments that would have added resonance such as the companies' recent hiring of armed guards and reports that mining has already started. Thus it lacks a sense of urgency for those outside the area who would oppose the lack of designation.

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