|By Bob Weaver|
The Battle of Blair Mountain continues after over 93 years, the historic site of a 1921 battle between coal miners trying to unionize, state police and hired guns.
A federal appeals court ruled this week that environmental groups can challenge the removal of the Blair Mountain Battlefield from the National Register of Historic Places.
The removal from the register was driven by coal groups, related to mountaintop removal in the Blair Mountain area.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District ruled Tuesday that the groups have legal standing to bring the challenge.
In 2012, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and other groups against the U.S. Department of Interior.
That lawsuit sought to prevent mining on Blair Mountain. The judge ruled that the groups had no standing to bring the challenge.
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