At yesterday’s hearing on the Blackjewel bankruptcy, ACLC’s Deputy Director Mary Cromer testified.

“At the same hearing, Appalachian Citizens Law Center attorney Mary Cromer, speaking on behalf of a number of environmental nonprofit groups, told the judge that despite the best efforts of multiple watchdog teams, no one had been able to fully account for the status of every Blackjewel mine.

‘As these mine sites are sitting, their conditions are degrading, the failure to maintain them is ultimately increasing the cost of reclamation. And that increased cost of reclamation, for the mines that are going to be abandoned, is going to fall on the citizens that we represent,’ Cromer said.”

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