Judge Recommends Keeping Pa. Coal Mine Suit Alive

Law360, Philadelphia (June 10, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania magistrate judge on Monday said an environmental group’s suit against Alpha Natural Resources Inc. over alleged pollution from a southwestern Pennsylvania coal mine should not be dismissed, expressing skepticism over Alpha’s claims that the group lacks standing.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan recommended that a federal judge deny Alpha’s motion for dismissal and also recommended that the Citizens Coal Council be allowed to amend its complaint with documentation already introduced into the pleadings that bolsters its allegations. 

“The complaint, together with plaintiff’s subsequent...
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