EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Descendants Sue Alpha Over Cemetery Damage
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 29, 2013 10:47 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Six southern West Virginia residents are suing Alpha Natural Resources to stop further damage to a family cemetery surrounded by a mountaintop- removal mining operation.
They sued Virginia-based Alpha and its Independence Coal subsidiary in Boone County Circuit Court after discovering activity at the Twilight Surface Mine has come within 30 feet of graves in Jarrell Cemetery.
But Alpha spokesman Ted Pile says the lawsuit has no merit, and allegations that Alpha has "willfully and maliciously" violated a 100-foot buffer zone are false. He says it's also untrue workers toppled headstones and desecrated graves.
He said Alpha has gone "above and beyond" to protect both the cemetery and the relatives' access to it.
The lawsuit seeks both compensatory damages for cemetery repairs and punitive damages.
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