Congressmen Cancel Fact Flight; Airplane Battery Dead

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - Two congressmen had to cancel a trip to speak with residents in the central Appalachian coalfields as a part of fact-finding trip about mountaintop removal mining.

U.S. Reps. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., and Norm Dicks, D-Wash., intended to fly over dozens of mining sites in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

However, Chandler's spokesman Jim Creevy said the plane's battery was dead and the trip will have to be rescheduled.

The cancellation was a disappointment for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a social justice group that opposes mountaintop removal, who had gathered at an airport in Hazard to meet the
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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