Hundreds Of Miners Rally At Capitol

Hundreds of coal miners held a rally at the state capital.

The miners are upset about a bill that would end the process of mountain top removal. It's called the stream saver bill.

The practice of mountain top removal involves using explosives to remove rock on mountains. The debris, or overburden, is then pushed into a nearby valley or hollow.

Opponents say the practice contaminates the environment.

The stream-saver bill was killed in a committee, but could be resurrected.
The miners say this bill would eliminate hundreds of jobs in Kentucky.

Nearly 2000 miners showed up for the rally, making this one of the biggest rallies in Frankfort in recent years.

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  • by Casie Location: Lancaster on Mar 31, 2008 at 10:16 AM
    God created all, mountains too! But he gave us the knowledge to utilize the resources he put in the ground(oil,coal, gas). Reclaimation brings opportunity to the land not doom. The wildlife enjoys it as well. I haven't heard anything about the Thriving ELK herd being run off by MTR, bet they hate the grazing and ponds provided by MTR.Fact is many people thru-out the nation are dependent on coal in one way or another. By driving strip mining out of east. KY you not only take away many families livelihood but also increase the demand for foreign fuel. If you are opposed to coal, switch your utilities to gas & boycott any business that uses electric from coal. Money isn't everything, but you sure can't get far in this country without it. Eastern KY doesn't offer many good paying jobs not involved with coal in some form.Those opposed to strip mining:how about the destruction brought by those highways and expansions of such?I don't recall great efforts reclaim that land,Oh and car exhaust!ew
  • by Shellie Location: Letcher County, Kentucky on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:49 PM
    In response to the so called comment about being proud of so and so. I am proud of my family. Not jsut the coal miners but everyone. But I have a question for you. When was the last time you seen a driver crawl two or three miles underground with very little protection to keep the earth above you from caving in on your head. Knowing that if you die there, you may stay there. When was the last time that someone you knew risk their life to provide energy for this country and make a living for their family. I agree that a lot of professions are dangerous but those people get acknowledged for their services. Coal miners risk their lives everyday and it is only when someone gets hurt or killed that they are talked about and not in the best way. Safety has come a long way but like you say, no job is 100% safe. Lets leave well enough alone and say thank you and be proud of each other and our miners. I am sure you say thank you to your postman when you get mail 6 days a week
  • by Shellie Location: Letcher County, Kentucky on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:39 PM
    I have a response to the comment about God making the mountains and the valleys. I believe that God made this world how he wanted it. I agree with you on that point. But have you stopped to think that God did not intend for many things to happen to this earth. What about the land that has been moved to make malls, parking lots and gas stations. Nothing is built, constructed or worked on that the earth is not moved in some form. I agree that while a MTR job is in process it does not look good, but go look at land that has been reclaimed. It is beautiful and useful. I know that coal mining destroys some homes and water wells, but how many millions of dollars is coal severance tax bringing into our counties to provide city water. And for the comment about safety. My husband is a foreman for a coal company that just went to Washington DC to accept an award for Safety. They worked more hours than any other coal operation in their division with the least accidents. I am proud.
  • by Kendra Location: Kite on Mar 17, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    I am proud of my coal mining heritage...My grandfather was a coal miner,my father,and my husband are coal miners..You tell me what kind of jobs that could be brought to eastern Ky that could provide us the same salary that the coal mines bring home...Like that one person said You better thank a coal miner every time you turn the light switch on or when you turn your stove on to fix your family a meal.We have to survive and we are doing it the only way we can..My husband is 30 years old if they shut our mines down,we'll lose everything we have..he can't go out and find another job,because there isn't any..
  • by Bryan Location: Frankfort on Mar 17, 2008 at 02:29 AM
    I am the son of a coal miner. Coal is what paid the bills and fed my family when I was growing up. No, it was not the best living but it was comfortable. I am proud to say that I am the son of a miner as well as I am from the mountains of Eastern KY. Politicians need to work with the miners as they do the politicians and solve the problem without hurting the industry and the families that it provides a living for.
  • by ROBERT Location: LONDON, KY on Mar 16, 2008 at 05:47 PM
  • by April Location: London, KY on Mar 16, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    I am all for protecting the enviroment and the animals that live in it.But I also like to protect the things that we as humans have to have to make it in this world we live in.We really have to use our heads on matters such as these.What would we do, how would we live, everyone doesn't have the money to change their lives and homes into solar powered everything. My dad has worked in the coal business for a long time in the past. I remember so many times him coming home with his face solid black from the dust and dripping sweat.You could see the effort that he put into his job and yeah the job sight might not have been that pretty to look at, but after it was all said and done it would be a beautiful place to look at.There would be tree's planted and grass sewn and you would never know that just a few years before there was enough coal taken out of there to fuel electricty to thousands of home. Think about that the next time you flip on that light or open the fridge to get a cold drink
  • by Electricity Lover Location: KY on Mar 16, 2008 at 01:35 PM
    Hey Fred, fire up that wind turbine in your back yard! I believe Coal Miner's Wife was making the point that without the electricity produced by coal, those that use electricity that is produced from coal would be sittin in the dark. The other 51% that you want to thank are from wind turbines, hydroelectric and so forth. I don't recall seeing many of those here in KY. She was referring to someone from out of state making an uninformed comment.
  • by A Coal Miner's Wife Location: Pineville, KY on Mar 16, 2008 at 01:01 PM
    To Fred in Lexington: Where does your electricity come from Fred? No, I wasn't implying that all electricity comes from coal, I was just informing you of how much electricity is produced by coal.
  • by Life-long resident of Leslie County on Mar 16, 2008 at 12:45 PM
    If God wanted these mountains flat, they would have been flat to begin with. He created the mountains and valleys. If you can’t build something on the hillside like we’ve been able to do for centuries, you can always move to the level country like many of the coal operators from Eastern Kentucky did after they made it rich.


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