Wednesday, August 12, 2009

EPA gives OK to mountaintop removal mine

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Mountains aren't like trees or corn, we can't just grow another one. Mountains across Appalachia are being removed so we can have abundant, cheap energy.

Want to make a difference? Stop being an energy hog. Conserve instead.

The Obama administration late last week quietly approved one of six major mountaintop removal permits that were said to be undergoing close scrutiny by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Without announcing the move publicly, EPA gave the nod for the federal Army Corps of Engineers to issue a Clean Water Act permit for CONSOL Energy Inc.'s Peg Fork Surface Mine near Chattaroy in Mingo County.

"We are disappointed that the administration has approved a new mountaintop removal mine without making any commitment to adopt new regulations or policies that would end this destructive practice," said Ed Hopkins, director of the Sierra Club's environmental quality program. "While we appreciate that the Obama administration is taking a harder look at mountaintop removal coal mining, unless that results in decisions that end the irreversible destruction of streams, the harder look isn't going to do the job."

Read the rest of this Charleston-Gazette article here.

Witness the devastation mountain top removal causes for yourself. As one commenter says, "Everyone is downstream from this."

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