Key mining official fired 'without cause' in Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - One of Gov. Steve Beshear's top mining
regulators has been fired, though no reason was given.

Natural Resources Commissioner Carl Campbell was let go on
Tuesday. In a letter of dismissal, he was told simply that his
services were no longer needed.

Campbell, who had served in the former Department for Surface
Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for more than 25 years, had been head of the Department for Natural Resources since 2008.

As natural resources commissioner, Campbell had oversight of
mine safety and licensing, mine permits, abandoned mine lands, mine reclamation and enforcement, forestry, and oil and natural gas
drilling.

Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said Environmental
Secretary Len Peters made the decision to fire Campbell, then
informed the governor.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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