3rd Mediation Set in W.Va. Coal Slurry Case

July 18, 2011

The saga continues as two judges meet for the third time to settle a long-running lawsuit that involves Massey Energy Co. and claims of poisoned well-water in southern West Virginia. Over 700 residents from West Virginia counties claim that their water has been contaminated from 1.4 billion gallons of toxic coal slurry from underground mines in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

In light of the pending trial on August 1 in Wheeling, the judge has ordered the attorneys for both sides to meet in July to attempt to resolve the matter once and for all. In previous mediation sessions, Massey agreed to create a medical monitoring fund but the exact amount has not been released in light of confidentiality concerns. Company spokesperson said, “We are routinely open to discussions or a resolution that would help avoid protracted litigation.”

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