Mountaintop removal has been a controversial issue for years. Today, religious leaders from several states joined in prayer against the process on a Perry County mountaintop. They say the issue is not just environmental but also, moral.
The men and women of faith say mountaintop removal is not only bad for the environment, they say it is immoral and unbiblical. That's why they journeyed to the top of one Perry County mountain lined with the lush forest until they reached the top, where a nearly 200 foot high wall dropped off. That's where they joined in prayer.
The owner says he was distraught to find what he says was a big chunk of his property now nothing but air.
The leaders left with a signed, collective statement to care for creation.
Bill Caylor with the Kentucky Coal Association says calling the process that provides jobs and improves the economy of this rural area immoral is nothing but a new legal theory that could push people in the industry, out of church.
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth hosted the two-day tour.