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W.Va. jury rules in favor of coal miner in water contamination case

A juryin Wyoming County, W.Va. on May 5 ruled in DynamicEnergy Inc.'s favor against 15 families accusing the subsidiary of contaminatingtheir water supplies, West Virginia Public Broadcasting? reported May 6.

Accordingto the report, the families claimed that Jim Justice-owned Mechel Bluestone violatedthe West Virginia Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act and damaged several wellsalong Cedar Creek Rd. in Clear Fork after their water testing results showed highlevels of arsenic, aluminum, lead, iron and other pollutants.

On theother hand, representatives of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protectiontestified that there was no correlation between a nearby surface mine and the wells,said the report.

Tom Lusk,chief operating officer for Justice Management Services with Bluestone Industries Inc., responded to the verdict saying,"I want to thank the Jury, our attorneys, and the people from Wyoming Countyfor seeing through this attempt by Plaintiff's Attorneys to extort money from analready struggling industry," the report quoted.

The families'attorney, David Barney, said they will appeal.