U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa is moving forward with plans to expand the Liberty surface coal mine in Warrick County, Indiana, by asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a split lower court ruling on a controversial surface mining ordinance passed by the city of Boonville, the county seat.

Since early this year, the city of Boonville and the Save our Homes local citizens group have been challenging a permit issued in early 2018 by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for a proposed 3,516-acre extension of the steam coal mine operated for Alcoa by White Stallion Energy of Evansville, Indiana.
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