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Jimmy Murphy of Sprigg, W.Va. holds a jar filled with well water from his home, which was contaminated with coal slurry

Photo: Jeff Gentner

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Coal slurry lawsuits

Prior to a Nov. 15 court hearing in Charleston, W.Va, Jimmy Murphy of Sprigg, W. Va., holds a jar filled with well water from his home that was contaminated with coal slurry from a plant owned by Massey Energy and subsidiary Rawl Sales & Processing.

Hundreds of plaintiffs are gathering in Charleston for the outcome of a water pollution lawsuit against Virginia-based Massey Energy. The plaintiffs claim that Massey and its subsidiary have poisoned water wells in Mingo County with 1.4 billion gallons of toxic coal slurry.