- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia regulators have denied an attempt to halt further development of a 400-acre surface mine at the northeastern boundary of Kanawha State Forest.

The denial is from the West Virginia Surface Mine Board. It rejected all 14 arguments raised by attorneys representing 21 individuals and the Keeper of the Mountain Foundation.

According to The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1zFPTnc ), opponents maintained the state Department of Environmental Protection erred in issuing a surface mining permit to Keystone Industries last May.

Among the claims: that the DEP failed to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the presence of the northern long-eared bat, a species proposed for federal Endangered Species Act protection.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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