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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  • by samuel Location: perry on Mar 26, 2009 at 02:18 AM
    I'am a coalminer I work for Nally and Hamilton Interprise. Mountain top removal does not harm anything, it is also what keeps southeastern Kentucky moving forward. As long as reclaiming is done the wildlife flurishes. It has also gave thousands of jobs to the region, so all you tree huggers need to lay off, and let us do our jobs and support our families are you all willing to pay my bills? I think not. This is not only my job on the line but thousands of others too, not only will the econonmy be affected but our familes lives as well.
  • by David Location: Pike Co KY on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    To all of you high payed or check drawing so called "enviromentalist" what do you think all of the Coal Miners would do if this is stopped? how would they support their families? what keeps the lights on and everything turning in eastern KY? what helps build schools, hospitals, EXPO CENTERS???? that you use on a day to day basis.. and before you start dising strip mining you should see how its done first... this spoil that you speak of is not all dumped in a hollow fill... some strip jobs dont evan have a hollow fill for that matter... every strip job i have worked on tries to save the spoil "reclamation material" to reclaim the mtn top... and what if strip mining was cut out??? could i depend on you to pay my bills? or am i suppose to trade in a $19.50 hr a job for a 5.50 hr job... or should i go stand on the welfare line and draw a welfare check.. food stamps.. and other benifits that most of you are probably on now? how do you think these ppl on gov't support get their checks?
  • by HAZARD RESIDENT Location: KY on Mar 13, 2008 at 10:56 AM
    TO LARRY, AND THE OTHERS WHO ARE HOOKED ON THE TREE HUGGERS THING, IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU UNEDUCATED CIGARETTE SMOKIN' BEER DRINKING REDNECKS THOUGHT UP WHILE YOU WERE TRYING TO LOOK AT EACH OTHER THROUGH THE DUST. PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENVIROMENT (THAT MEANS THE AIR, WATER AND OUR EXISTANCE). IF YOU HAD GOTTEN AN EDUCATION THEN YOU COULD HAVE BEEN A DOCTOR OR LAWYER BUT THEN AGAIN MAYBE NOT.
  • by coalminer Location: letcher on Mar 13, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    to all the whining treehuggers out there using trees to hide behind and cover up all your dirty everyday way of life, put on your big boy and big girl pants and suck it up!!
  • by concerned citizen Location: floyd on Mar 13, 2008 at 07:03 AM
    So Larry, Are you admitting the dust, noise and blasting happens? And is that OK as long as you have your job so that you can have your cigarettes, beer, 4 wheel drive and 4 wheeler?
  • by concerned citizen Location: floyd on Mar 13, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    Hey Larry, My husband was a truck driver and worked around strip jobs. He was hurt and had back surgery. so don't try to judge me and tell me what I am. We saved our money and bought this farm and sorry you and Bob Miller are not welcome on my property. We are not dopeheads. We are Christians and you will find us in church every Sunday. Being a miner doesn't make you a real man. Since you are from Floyd, you should know that Wal-mart here was not built on a strip job. Nor was the Highlands Regional Medical center.Sounds like you are only quoting your boss. Oh by the way I will hug my 100 acres of trees if I want.
  • by larry Location: floyd county on Mar 12, 2008 at 08:39 PM
    heres to all you deadbeat tree huggers. i have worked in both deep mines and on strip jobs. if it wasnt for coal, east ky would be a deserted place. the only jobs here are minimum wage, doctors or lawyers. who do you think pays their salary? 95% coal miners thats who! so if you want to whine and cry about noise and dust just suck it up and get on with yourself. without us miners there is nothing left here except whiners, checkdrawers, and dopeheads. so the next time you sit in your nice lazy boy and wait on your check to come so you can pay your electric bill that coal produces thank us miners and then go get a real job like the rest of us men. you just see part of what happens,how do think places like walmart hospitals and others buisnesses get land flat enough to build? we make it! its been a way of life for many generations so deal with it or move to newyork with the rest of the liberal, treehuggers.
  • by Anonymous Location: breathitt county on Mar 12, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    like my mountainns the way i like my women toppless
  • by Doris Location: perry co on Mar 12, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    No! I don't want the hollow filled up on our property. I think enought destruction has been leveled at the tax payer/property owner, in the name of big business and bail out for the coal companies. No one ask will ask the owner what type of reclaimation they would want. They make little mounds of rock hills and call reclaimation. They paint it green and call it grass. The grass washes off and fills up the streams; the water must go somewhere, so your imagination is as good as mine. It cuts a road of least resistence. I think we were sold out to big business and as usual we will pay the bill. Thanks to our wonderful politicians that are suppose to represent us. they represent big business.
  • by Janice Location: Jenkins,Ky on Mar 12, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    Let me try to make it clear and simple for some of you people who are soo blinded and basically don't even know the history of coal business or what it's all about !! If you whiners truly think you have issues & problems now, should this bill ever pass you will be in for a rude awaking!! It's No wonder that in this day & time that society looks upon Kentuckians as not very Intelligent!! People voting for this Bill reflects a majority of the one's who give this Beautiful State a low ranking in society !! Most of you people that say you are for this bill don't even know what the consequences would be if there were no longer mountain top mining!! I really do think alot of you need to get educated on this issue before you voice your opinion!! wake up people !! This is reality, Many jobs are on the line here!!

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