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Knight-Ink Mine

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Knight-Ink No. 1 Mine is a surface coal mining operation in Webster County, West Virginia, operated by ICG Eastern and owned by the International Coal Group (ICG).

On March 23, 2011, three environmental groups sued coal operator ICG Eastern in federal court over the mine, saying it had been discharging toxic selenium into streams for years. The Sierra Club, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy filed the case in U.S. District Court in Elkins, alleging violations of state and federal law, including the federal Clean Water Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. The complaint also claims state regulators have been lax in cracking down on ICG, allowing discharges into Big Beaver Creek, and two tributaries, Oldhe Fork and Board Fork, at levels above those designed to protect aquatic life. The mine is in east-central West Virginia, near the Monongahela National Forest.[1]

Mine Data

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  • Operator: ICG Eastern
  • Controller: International Coal Group
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  • County: Webster
  • State: WV
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  • Mining Method: Surface
  • Mine Status: Active
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References

  1. "ICG sued over selenium pollution from Webster mine" The Charleston Gazette, March 23, 2011.

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