Arch Coal seeks strip mining permit

St. Louis-based Arch Coal is seeking a strip mining permit for Blair Mountain from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The public comment period ends Friday. Those against strip mining on Blair Mountain are opposed over worries about the watershed, and also the history of the mountain. The 1,600-acre battlefield was briefly added to the National Register of Historic Places, and then removed when private property owners objected. Those who have challenged in court have lost.