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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:43 AM
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Where's the Outrage? Obama's EPA Betrays Coalfields (Again) With New Mountaintop Removal Permit
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/30-2

Published on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by CommonDreams.org
Where's the Outrage? EPA Betrays Coalfields (Again) With New Mountaintop Removal Permit
by Jeff Biggers

I'm not sure if the EPA is addled, or downright shameless, but on the heels of meeting with besieged Appalachian coalfield residents and less than three months since its ballyhooed new guidance rules to halt reckless mountaintop removal operations, President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency has once again gone back on its word and green-lighted a dangerous mountaintop removal permit in a hair-brained pander to Big Coal that will knowingly destroy miles of critical headwater streams.

The piss poor week of coal news this week makes the BP disaster look like a cake walk. If only I could be glib and declare: The more things change, the more things stay the same. Peabody Energy announced they're opening a massive strip mine in Mongolia that will dwarf Wyoming's Powder River Basin to "solve world poverty"; Australia's strip mines continue to disappear historic communities; and the NY Times pointed out that Big Coal receives over $100 billion annually in welfare from Europe.

In the case of the Appalachian coalfields, where millions of pounds of ammonium nitrate fuel oil explosives are detonated daily in historic mountain communities and American citizens live in contaminated watersheds, the EPA's giddy support for the St. Louis-based Arch Coal's Pine Creek strip mine in Logan County, West Virginia is not only a travesty, but a costly one.

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And the misguided decision, alas, comes at such a sad moment--the same week of the death of legendary West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who announced only one month ago:

If the process of mining destroys nearby wells and foundations, if blasting and digging and relocating streams unearths harmful elements and releases them into the environment causing illness and death, that process should be halted and the resulting hazards to the community abated.

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dgibby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:50 AM
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1. There are no words to describe my disgust
with these assholes and their enablers.

Appalachia is treated like a third world country by it's own govt. Despicable!
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:59 AM
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2. What do the people of WV want?
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CBR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:00 AM
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3. This is disgusting! nt
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:02 AM
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4. and BP continues to spray us with poison
:grr:

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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:47 AM
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5. Hurray for that Clean Coal technology!!
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:51 AM
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6. the coal Baron's foot is still on Obama's neck


we need a swat team that works to bring down the Barons
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:53 AM
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7. I asked Chuckles about this, and he said it's the sensible thing to do.
His friends will be along shortly to expand further upon that pronouncement.
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:57 AM
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8. Sigh nt
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:58 AM
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9. Chuckles will explain it all I'm sure.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:59 AM
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10. I've got a bad case of outrage fatigue.
Another day, another outrage. It seems there is no end in sight. :-(
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:30 AM
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11. Outrage is no longer a permitted American value
Now swallow.
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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:32 PM
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12. Kick
nt
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:34 PM
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13. K&R sorry, did not see this earlier OP
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-05-10 08:44 AM
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14. 1
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jp11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-05-10 08:53 AM
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15. It just gets better and better, one step forward three back,
the people who are supposed to protect us and the world we live in keep saying yes to big business when they should be saying no.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-05-10 09:02 AM
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16. The Obama administration's already allowed BP to foul the Gulf of Mexico for generations-
Edited on Mon Jul-05-10 09:02 AM by depakid
So hey, what's another mountaintop and holler?

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