A view from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain towards an unreclaimed strip mine in Virginia, just across the state line from Harlan County, Ky., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Residents of Lynch who are concerned that a proposed strip mine would hurt the town's water supply have been able to hold off approval of the permit for several years. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
A view from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain towards an unreclaimed strip mine in Virginia, just across the state line from Harlan County, Ky., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Residents of Lynch who are concerned that a proposed strip mine would hurt the town's water supply have been able to hold off approval of the permit for several years. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader
A view from the Kentucky side of Black Mountain towards an unreclaimed strip mine in Virginia, just across the state line from Harlan County, Ky., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Residents of Lynch who are concerned that a proposed strip mine would hurt the town's water supply have been able to hold off approval of the permit for several years. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

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