Lawmakers Reject Restrictions On Mountaintop Mining

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have rejected putting
more restrictions on mining companies that blast off mountaintops
to expose rich coal deposits.
The so-called mountaintop removal mining has been a mainstay of
the state's economy since the industrial revolution.
Political leaders have historically turned a blind eye to the
environmental devastation, fearing that a crackdown might put
thousands of miners out of work. But a groundswell of opposition to
mountaintop removal mining had some legislators taking a stand.
A proposal that would have effectively ended the practice failed
to get enough votes on Tuesday to make it out of the House
Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
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The legislation is House Bill 569.
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Coal industry leaders said the “Stream Saver Bill” would have destroyed the industry.

Supporters said it would prevent environmental devastation.

Thousands are expected at a pro-coal rally Thursday at the state capitol.

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


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