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Last Updated: May 23, 2012 - 10:53 am
Circuit Judge William Thompson has consolidated 155 medical monitoring lawsuits involving about 350 people and tentatively scheduled trial for June 12.
Attorney Roger Decanio said Wednesday the case against Massey Energy and four subsidiaries is headed for trial.The companies are now owned by Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.
The other operators originally sued have agreed to confidential settlements but denied responsibility for the problems.
Residents of Seth and Prenter say mining activities, including the underground injection of coal slurry, are to blame for discolored, foul-smelling well water and health problems.
The plaintiffs are now served by public water lines and no longer rely on their wells for consumption.
Coal Rush is a documentary following the progress of a multi-million dollar case against the coal company Massey Energy, accused of covert contamination of drinking water in the Southern West Virginia coalfields.
The plaintiffs, more than 500 residents of Mingo County, are plagued by widespread health problems, such as abnormal rates of cancer, liver failures, and neurological diseases. They claim that for more than 30 years they have been secretly poisoned by illegal dumping of coal slurry underground by major US coal producer Massey Energy.
In addition to the legal battle, Coal Rush brings a major story of human suffering into focus. Struggling against extreme poverty and life-threatening illnesses, the communities affected by water contamination find their voice as the story unfolds, just as the country enters into a “clean energy” debate in which many invested interests and ecological risks are at stake.
The film unveils how communities in the coalfields are split over coal’s costs and benefits. Interviews and verite’ action from both sides are shown, as Coal Rush gives voice to those who oppose the muscle of Big Coal, the only industry in the region, as well as pro-coal activists in their quest to