As if it didn’t have enough problems on its hands, the Sago coal mine
in Sago, WV – as well as two trucking companies who haul there – is facing a
lawsuit for pollution and noise-related complaints.
According to the West Virginia
Record, three residents who live near the mining area have filed
suit against the mine’s operator, along with trucking companies Winjean and
H.W.M. Truck Lines, for creating excessive levels of gravel and coal dust on
the residents’ properties, and for traveling at unsafe speeds and using their
engine brakes excessively.
The residents also claim the mine operator illegally widened Sago Road two years ago to accommodate the coal-hauling trucks, which has caused water
drainage issues on their land, according to court documents.
A hearing for an injunction that would cease work at the mines is
scheduled for Sept. 7 in Upshur County Circuit Court.
The Sago mines made national headlines in January, when an explosion
trapped 13 miners underground for two days. Only one of the miners survived.