HomeUncategorizedMountaintop Removal Refuse Fight Still Raging In Appalachia

The Obama administration is set to ask the courts to overturn an 11th hour Bush policy change that now allows the dumping of surface mining refuse 100ft near streams.

Governor Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway, Congressman John Yarmuth and Congressman Ben Chandler has sent protest letters to the EPA asking them to reject Bush's policy change a few months ago.

Right or wrong; that organized protest backfired as dozens of Kentucky Coal County Legislators protested the protest. The political fallout in the coal fields is still evolving. We may not know how bad it really is for a few months.

My sources tell me…

that there is little that can be done to stop the Obama administration. Like I said; right or wrong this issue is a hot topic in the coal fields. Many believe that the EPA's attempt to halt MTR permits a few weeks ago was the first shot in the new war against coal.

I do not agree; I believe it was the first shot in the continuing war against mountaintop removal. According to our last (Rural Democrat) survey on mountaintop removal it appears that opinions are changing away from MTR.

View the survey HERE

I believe MTR is quickly becoming a quicksand issue. The opinions of Rural Kentuckians are changing and our elected officials need to pay close attention to these opinions.




Mountaintop Removal Refuse Fight Still Raging In Appalachia — 11 Comments

  1. I oppose MTR but since there are no mountains where I live it does not affect me as much. For those who live in the areas this occurs in they should be out now letting however they feel about it be known.

  2. We have been fighting hard for years to stop MTR.  The push back is on going.  Appalachia can’t stand anymore of the prosperity.  www.wisecountyissues.com/?p=138

    • Is there groundwater that is recharged from water that mixes with MTR run-off?

      The net of impact spread far beyond the actual communities most directly damaged by MTR.

      • … I guess you got to worry more about some coal ash dam breaking and getting heavy metals into the LBTL watershed.

        (BTW, there is also far less heavy metal problem with biocoal ash, so its far easier to recycle as a raw material than mineral coal ash)