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West Virginia Supreme Court rules Justice coal company didn’t contaminate wells


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Supreme Court upheld the decision of a Wyoming County jury that two coal companies operated by Gov. Jim Justice did not contaminate the water wells of more than a dozen families.

The families, who showed their water was contaminated by lead and arsenic but could not prove that mining operations by Dynamic Energy Inc. and Mechel Bluestone Inc. caused it, had appealed the ruling from a Wyoming circuit judge that denied their motion to set aside the jury’s verdict, according to the ruling the court handed down Thursday.

The court also issued a ruling on a second appeal from the same case and remanded the decision on a preliminary injunction back to Wyoming County, where a circuit judge will have to rule on how to proceed after Dynamic Energy violated the court’s order, according to the ruling written by Justice Robin Davis.

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