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.
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.