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Penn Ridge Coal, LLC v. Blaine Township

A district court held that two local ordinances declaring it unlawful for any corporation to engage in mining activities within the township are invalid and void. Pennsylvania's Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act...

Machipongo Land & Coal Co. v. Commonwealth

The court reverses a district court decision holding that the designation of the Clearfield County Goss Run Watershed as unsuitable for mining under the Pennsylvania Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act was a taking. Various...

Bragg v. Robertson

The court upholds as reasonable and fair a settlement agreement in a citizen suit challenging the federal government's failure to perform Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) duties concerning mountaintop mining in West Virginia...