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Mine protesters defeat temporary injunction

Published by MAC on 2004-10-15

Mine protesters defeat temporary injunction

Associated Press - Knoxvillle

October 15 2004

A coal mining company conceded Round One to environmental activists in Knoxville today. But neither party says it's over.

Knoxville-based National Coal Corporation has sued the Earth First group and several members to block their faxed, phoned and e-mailed protests against so-called "mountain-top removal" mining practices.

The site of their concern is Zeb Mountain in Scott County.

But in Knox County Chancery Court today the company failed to directly link the protesters to what it considers harassment.

The company withdrew its bid for a temporary injunction. But it vows to return seeking subpoenaes to track down e-mail addresses before the case comes to trial at a later date.

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