"I Love Mountains Rally" Held In Frankfort

by Rick Howlett on February 11, 2010

Thanks to Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio/WEKU, Richmond

The coal mining process commonly known as mountaintop removal was again the focus of a rally Thursday outside the Kentucky state Capitol building.

The annual “I Love Mountains Rally” is sponsored by the advocacy group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. It says the practice is destroying the environment and needs to be more strictly regulated.

People who work in the coal industry say more regulation would put thousands of mining jobs at risk, and assert that steps have taken to limit the damage.

State Rep. Keith Hall of Pikeville says he has many constituents who rely on mining jobs, but acknowledged the state needs to move forward in developing alternative energy sources.

“We have a pelletizing plan for Pike County to make sawdust into wood pellets and to make energy,” he said.

Several so called “stream saver” bills that would place further restrictions on the dumping of mining waste are pending in the Kentucky General Assembly, but industry officials say adequate controls are already in place.

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Judy Bonds February 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm

The problem here is that innocent people are getting poisoned and blasted by strip mining. The politicians are ignoring these people and only listening to the coal industry. These strip mine jobs can be absorbed by underground mining jobs and AML jobs to try to repair the destroyed land and water. There is no excuse for this evil mining.

Jobs that blast and poison people is not acceptable.
Not to mention that new reports show that central Appalachian coal has about 15- 20 years left.

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