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I haven't visited this topic for some time, and I wanted to touch base with everyone on this.
Let's get a few things out on the table right quick - facts not opinions.
- The coal that is being gouged out of the mountains is a high grade, low sulphur, hard coal that is being shipped to China for steel production. It has nothing to do with energy production what-so-ever.
- By using mountain top removal techniques, the amount of labor required to extract the coal is one twentieth of what was required. So it cost jobs, it doesn't create them.
- Miles and miles of streams have been buried as the mountains have been flattened, to say nothing of the thousands of acres of hardwood forests that have been destroyed.
From my friends at I Love Mountains:
"In late 2008 President Bush's administration gutted the Stream Buffer Zone rule, which protected our nation's streams and waterways from the worst of coal industry abuses.
The old rule was a good rule - but it was never properly enforced. Today, however, instead of reinstating and enforcing the old stream buffer zone rule, the Obama administration is proposing totally new guidelines that would regulate how -- and whether -- America's streams can be filled with waste from mining operations.
But before they'll write the new regulations, the administration has decided to gather information for an Environmental Impact Statement. To that end, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is requesting your opinion on what requirements a new stream protection rule should include.
Click hear to comment today and demand that our streams stay clean of toxic mining waste:Comments on stream protection.
This is a tremendous opportunity to make your voice heard on the kind of protections our streams deserve -- before the rule is written.
Please, take just a few minutes today to make sure that your views are taken into account and our streams are protected from the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining."
Look folks, we all agree that nature needs to be conserved. I don't believe that any of us object to an appropriate use of natural resources in a sustainable fashion. But to destroy countless trout streams, despoil hardwood groves and wild ginseng plots, knock the tops off of mountains... there has to be limits on what is done.
Take a moment and let your voice be heard!
Late Addition! If you need further proof of Massey energy's lies about energy production, I just read about Blankenship's purchase of a West Virginia coal shipping dock that will reduce transportation costs. The purchase is part of Massey Energy's plan to concentrate its efforts on the sale of metallurgical coal to foreign steelmakers! That's from their website by the way.
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