When asked for a comment WV Coal Association President Bill Raney said, ""It was one of the stronger decisions and one of the more directed or practical written decisions that I've seen." He then took a victory lap around the courthouse, shouting, "Woohoo!!"
Arch Coal was first granted a Topless Mining Permit in 2007 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Originally the mine would have employed more than 230 topless miners, but Raney said the delays could change that estimate. He then admitted to talking out of his a-- by saying, ""I don't know, specifically, what they're going to do,"
Safire Dayglow, an environmentalist wacko from Raleigh County wasn't so happy about the ruling. "As someone that has witnessed [topless mining], I can only view this ruling as a cold shoulder," Well DUH, Saffy... it's topless mining - of COURSE they will have cold shoulders!
The Diggerer could not locate any topless miners for interview...
[CORRECTION] It has come to this editor's attention that the subject of Judge Berman Jackson's ruling was not "Topless Mining" but "MOUNTAIN Top Removal". For that we apoligize and hope someone puts a shirt back on the mountain soon.
...the night air can get a little nippy.