Vote On Mountaintop Mining Bill Delayed, Could Come Soon

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The chairman of the House Appropriations
and Revenue Committee says a vote on a proposal that some say could
halt mountaintop mining could come soon.

Democratic Rep. Harry Moberly of Richmond says he would have put
the proposal for a vote before his committee on Wednesday but there
weren't enough members present. Moberly says he wants the panel to
vote when it meets next.

The bill's proponents have been urging lawmakers to consider the
plan that would prohibit coal companies from dumping dirt and rock
from mountaintops into streams and valleys.

Coal companies oppose the bill.

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  • by Matt Location: Knott Co on Apr 30, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    Look what Obama is doing to the country and kentucky he is trying to stop coal mines and that will put alot of out of work and for what nothing i think its Bull crap and our familys will go without and we will be lucky to have food on the table but still people love him maybe its just me but i cant see what everbody thinks is so great about him he aint doing nothing good for the country or us think about that!!!!
  • by Judy Location: Delphia Ky on Mar 26, 2009 at 02:38 AM
    I am a wife of a coalminer, he works hard everyday 6 days a week to provide for his family. So, the drinking beer and riding 4 wheelers, is far and in between as you all have mentioned, with only one day of a week he hardly even has the time to see his kids. But thats what he does 6 days a week to provide for us. If moutain top removal was so bad for the wildlife then how come when you visit one of the jobs that is done, you see so much wildlife on it? Apperently it's not. It's like this i feel this way, my dad was a coalminer and provided for me and my mother, now my husband is doing the same, are you all gonna pay our bill's buy our kids school clothes, by christmas presents for the family,give us gas money to go to the doctor, are you? NO! This way beyond mountain top removal this is people's lives you are talking about, a person's way of living and providing, would you rther have thousand's on foodstamps, unemployment,welfare,medical cards? Keep your mouths shut and leaves us alone!
  • by Wife of a Coal Miner Location: Clay County, KY on Mar 11, 2008 at 12:53 PM
    I am the wife of a coal miner. My husband has been a coal miner for almost 22 years. We both feel that coal mining does not harm the environment any more than logging, road construction, lack of septic tanks, old cars and dead animals in the river and trash thrown in the creeks, etc. We believe that these are more damaging to the streams than what is taken from the earth as a natural substance. Also, if a person has a problem with his well, he should report that to the coal company and the company should drill another well or connect that person to city water, if needed. We think more attention should be paid to the pollution issues of the sources that were mentioned above and not coal. The coal companies are governed by enough rules and regulations. Let the coal companies do their job and remember where the electricity comes from. Don't let families that depend on coal, be left out in the cold and loose their homes and way of life that the coal industry has provided for them.
  • by Sandy Brady Location: Charleston on Mar 9, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    I oppose mountain top removal.
  • by Anthony Location: Bledsoe Ky on Mar 8, 2008 at 10:46 PM
    I am a mechanic on a surface mine in Harlan Co. I have made my living from coal for the past 19 years and most of my family has ties to coal. I love the mountains, when not at work I spend most of my time there with my family or hunting. Mining is a way of life in Harlan Co. and is a choice and sacrifice I have made to raise my family in this wonderful place. They are very few ways to make a living in Harlan other than coal. I have family in Western Ky and over the years of traveling there I have watched beautiful farm land disappear only to become littered with houses and shopping centers. I am not going to harp at them over the choices they have made, I have more worries than that. Post mining land has many uses such as recreational urban development and industrial parks. Only around 7% of the Appalachian coal fields are impacted by surface mining. We desperately need these jobs in East Ky which would be effected by House Bill 164. So for the people of East Ky KEEP ON MINING!
  • by concerned citizen Location: floyd county on Mar 7, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    Whoa! What happened to the poll results? You say to go to your website to vote on the mountaintop removal question. When I checked the poll had been moved to recent poll results,and showed most people opposed. Now all of a sudden they are for. What gives? I cannot find a poll to vote yes or no on mountaintop removal. Yet the results have suddenly changed? Bill Gorman your boss or Caylor?
  • by concerned citizen Location: floyd county on Mar 7, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    Around 80 percent of the coal produced in Kentucky is exported. Do we have an obligation to keep the lights on in China so that they can produce more lead paint? Does selling coal to China keep the lights on in Kentucky?
  • by concerned citizen Location: floyd county on Mar 6, 2008 at 08:14 PM
    Perhaps it is time to listen to the people. Your own poll says the people think mountaintop removal should be banned. Perhaps it is time to listen to the people, not the coal companies who are profiting from mountaintop removal.
  • by an affected citizen Location: floyd county on Mar 6, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    This is not an attempt to stop strip mining. It would stop coal companies from dumping spoil in valleys and streams. And the spoil doesn't necessarily have to be moved to another site. It can be put back in place to the original contour of the mountain from which it is removed. They have the same law in West Virginia and they are still mining. So it did not stop mining there. And if animals pollute the streams, why do the coal barons always point to elk as such a great asset to strip mined sites. Don't they pollute the streams? I would love to know someone whose land increased in value after it was mined in my area,because of the mining.It may increase in value because the PVA just raises taxes unilaterally on everyones property, not because of mining. Most no longer know where their property line is because all markers have been destroyed. Then all you get are drunks on 4 wheelers trespassing Hazard may be an exception. But there are no 4 lanes roads in these hollows. Only 1 lane.
  • by concerned citizen Location: floyd county on Mar 6, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    I want some of those rocks that turn into topsoil. Evidently the rocks in the valley fills near my home are not the ones that turn into topsoil.
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