Kentucky camp cancels reservations of mountaintop removal opponents

Lexington Herald-LeaderMarch 6, 2009 

Two groups that oppose mountaintop removal coal mining have been told they're not welcome to hold meetings at a former Boy Scout camp in Harlan County.

Jim Scheff of Kentucky Heartwood said his group called in May to reserve Camp Blanton for a gathering, called the Heartwood Forest Council, over Memorial Day weekend. The other group, Mountain Justice, scheduled the camp for several days leading up to the holiday weekend. They found out two weeks ago that their reservations had been canceled, Scheff said.

Sidney Douglass, a Harlan attorney who is a board member and attorney for the trust that operates the camp, said the camp still is accepting reservations from other groups. He said the two groups were canceled because "board members didn't want to get the camp involved in the kind of controversies that they're involved in."

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