Judge Temporarily Blocks Work at Surface Mine

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VICCO, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked any work from being done at an eastern Kentucky surface mine.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Judge Thomas B. Russell issued a temporary injunction last week that will stay in place for at least two more weeks.

It bars Leeco Inc. from doing work at the Stacy Branch mine, which encompasses 756 acres in Perry and Knott counties. The company has not begun work at the location.

The environmental groups Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the Sierra Club asked Russell to block work from starting at the mine, which has been a subject of contention for years.

Leeco originally applied for a mining permit in 2007. The Army Corp. of Engineers approved a revised application last year.

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