“The law clearly states that coal mining may only take place if it does not decrease the productivity of the land,” said Barbara Chillcott, senior attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center. “The land must remain capable of supporting existing or higher land uses. Signal Peak’s failure to promptly repair lands that are cracking wide open and refusal to protect irreplaceable topsoil clearly violate the law. The company’s attempts to force residents off the land rather than face the music is not only another legal violation—it is true villainy.”

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