Congressmen Cancel Fact Flight; Airplane Battery Dead

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - Two congressmen had to cancel a trip to speak with residents in the central Appalachian coalfields as a part of fact-finding trip about mountaintop removal mining.

U.S. Reps. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., and Norm Dicks, D-Wash., intended to fly over dozens of mining sites in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

However, Chandler's spokesman Jim Creevy said the plane's battery was dead and the trip will have to be rescheduled.

The cancellation was a disappointment for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a social justice group that opposes mountaintop removal, who had gathered at an airport in Hazard to meet the
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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AP-NY-07-13-08 0701EDT

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  • by Carl Location: Feds Creek on Jul 14, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    So what, its too late now,and a waste of gas.I don't get it, they can level Ky., but can't drill a hole in the seas.Off our coast. then they won't alow us to buy N. Gas or coal for our fire places. This will give them time to fitted with thier turbins,all is not lost.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jul 13, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    Just think they couldn't drop those Obama 08 bumper stickers from da plane to the little folks that cling to their guns and religion.


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