WVa Environmental Official To Testify On Mining

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia Environmental Protection secretary Randy Huffman and other environmental officials are due to testify about the effect of mountaintop removal coal mining on water quality at a U.S. Senate hearing.

Also testifying at Thursday's Environment & Public Works subcommittee hearing is Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition organizer Maria Gunnoe.

The subcommittee on water and wildlife is chaired by Maryland democrat Benjamin Cardin, who is sponsoring legislation to ban mountaintop mining.

Mountaintop removal is a form of surface mining that relies on explosives and heavy equipment to uncover multiple coal seams.

Critics say it destroys habitat and damages water quality by burying streams, among other things.

Most mountaintop mining occurs in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Dave Location: OHio on Jun 28, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    Can someone tell me how Dumocrat Benjamin Cardin of Maryland of all places know anything about WV or its coal or coal mining other than what he has been fed by the enviro nazi's? Think about it. A liberal Dumocrat from Maryland trying to kill our coal industy in WV. Mr. Cardin should mind his own d a m n business and worry about Maryland not WV.
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