Lawmakers Maneuver In Attempt To Halt Mountaintop Mining

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers have begun hearings on a proposal that could effectively halt mountaintop removal coal mining.

State Rep. Don Pasley of Winchester maneuvered the proposal into a bill that would exempt camel food from the state sales tax. The move allowed the bill to be considered in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee on Tuesday.

It would forbid coal companies from filling streams and valleys with soil and rock loosened in surface mining operations.

Appropriations and Revenue Chairman Harry Moberly is sponsor of the camel-tax bill. Moberly said the proposal had been denied a fair hearing in the House Natural Resources and Environmental Committee for the past four years.

---Moberly's legislation is House Bill 526. Pasley's legislation is House Bill 164.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Whitney Location: Middlesboro, KY on Mar 10, 2008 at 08:52 PM
    I don't think it is fair at all. My mother and my step-father provide a home for 4 children. They both work for the mining business. If they put a "halt" on it my family would have a really hard time. They need to stop and think about the family that would suffer.
  • by Don Location: Knott on Mar 4, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    Save a camel... Starve a coal miner!!!
  • by Theresa Location: Knott County on Mar 4, 2008 at 03:54 PM
    I think I can solve the problem for those people who can't pay the tax for their camel food. They can bring their camels here and turn them loose on a strip mine with the elk. The elk seem to be doing pretty on the mountain top removal sites. I wonder how much the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife could get for a camel tag? On second thought maybe we can race them on the ATV trails. This is just another way that coal can solve our state's problems. If this sounds ridiculous, remember the electricity that allowed you to read this is brought to you by your local coal mine.


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