October 14, 2009 Walker compares mine protesters to suicide bombers
June 13, 2009 Gene Kitts of International Coal Group, was actually tweeting tonight that the environmentalists were baiting the pro coal audience into the yelling and jeering.
Baiting? Plu-eeze. Mountaintop removal opponents were far outnumbered and didn't even have a chance to speak until an hour into the hearing--and then they could not make their comments heard at this so-called public hearing.
June 9, 2009 From the Charleston Gazette article Board adds conditions to Fayette mine permit:
"A.M. "Fenway" Pollack, a lawyer for DEP, told
board members if his agency did not renew permits for companies with
outstanding water pollution violations, no mining permits would ever be
April 20, 2009 Pretty much everything Randy Huffman says in the WV Public radio story DEP chief irked by EPA interference is an outrageous quote. For example:
We are the environmental regulators here in West Virginia," he said. "We are the ones on the front line here. We are the ones responsible for protecting the environment. We have a very rigorous and robust regulatory program that is basically being challenged." More like a robust permit approval process...
April 2, 2009 From Governor Hopes to Work with EPA, Governor Manchin claims:
"They're (the Obama Administration) trying to figure out what damage is done," Governor Manchin says. "They all agree that we (in West Virginia) do have some of the highest standards to protect the environment in the nation and we are reviewed and scrutinized."
February 14, 2009 From the New York Time's article Case May Alter Judge Elections Across Country, Don Blankenship admits:
"Ive been around West Virginia long enough to know that politicians dont stay bought, particularly ones that are going to be in office for 12 years, he said, referring to the terms of State Supreme Court justices."
November 23, 2008 From Coal CEO calls environmentalists crazy, Don Blankenship rants:
It is as great a pleasure for me to be
criticized by the communists and the atheists of the Charleston Gazette
as to be applauded by my best friends, he said. Because I know they
are wrong. People are cowering away from being criticized by people that
are our enemies. Would we be upset if Osama Bin Laden was critical of
us? he asked.
When we talk about it in more articulate ways, the American public doesnt get it, he said.
Actually, Blankenship's entire speech was pretty outrageous.
September 26 2008 From Poll: Most in Ky. back moratorium on building new coal-fired plants:
Bill Caylor, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, was
traveling and could not review the poll. But he attributed its findings
to an uninformed public.
January 4, 2008 From Coal Town Gets New Light:
"Let's face it: We are going to use coal," says Richard Bajura, director of West Virginia University's National Research Center for Coal and Energy. "I do think coal can be carbon neutral."
Coal--"carbon neutral"? Does he live on the same planet as we do?
December 6, 2007 On West Virginia Public TV's Outlook, Roger Lilly of Walker Machinery (supplies huge machines to coal industry) openly admits what the coal industry thinks of Southern West Virginia -- that it should be a national energy sacrifice zone. Lilly says "...my daughter lived in Manhattan in New York. Manhattan is an area of 22 square miles. It has 68 thousand people per square mile. Boone County is 500 square miles. It has 50 people per square mile. We, we have an obligation to the greater good for the people. We export 70 percent of our coal. We have to, we have to provide electricity and power for this country for our urban brothers and sisters. We, we have a great responsibility here in West Virginia, and we cant let that go." Read more of what Lilly has to say here. Note that in Lilly's mind, coal is the solution to global warming.
December 2, 2007 See Manchin sticks with liquid coal in energy plan.
Some of you folks from states where government isn't so obviously in bed with the coal industry may wonder how our public officials can be so blind to the true costs of coal. Follow the money...Governor Manchin is a coal man (to put it nicely), dependent on the industry for his political standing.
Anyone in his administration had better tow the line...Hence, boys and girls, energy extraction and use and the environment are not connected, no not at all....
From the article:
(It makes sense--only if you are a coal industry minion--to ignore ecological reality and rush headlong into oblivion. When will these people wake up to the fact that there is no coal industry on a dead planet.)
October 25, 2007 From OSM gets an earful on mine rules we learn that MTR is like the Grand Canyon:
So, when a coal company lays off workers because of "market conditions" will the company still pay the workers' salaries? And it's OVEC's fault that the Army Corps issues permits illegaly and coal compnaies make flas promises of jobs based on illegal permits?
June 14, 2007 From Mine ponds ruled illegal:
After a judge ruled that the way sediment ponds for mines are built now is violating the Clean Water Act Bill Raney said Its absolutely astounding to me. Heres a judge outlawing a practice that has been in place for almost four decades.
It's absolutely not astounding to us--we figured it out a while back--the coal industry has been practicing outside the law for over 40 years.
May 15, 2007 From Massey Shares Skid on Water Pollution Suit:
"Massey Energy has been, and continues to be, respectful of the environment in which we operate," said President and CEO Don Blankenship.
February 3, 2007 From Warming puts region's coal in the cross hairs:Coal industry apologist doesnt apologize for climate change: Bill Caylor, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, downplayed the report's conclusions. "Nature's wrath is nothing new," he said of extreme weather.
December 7, 2006 From East Coast's only coal-to-liquid plant to locate in Mingo:
Richard O. Sheppard, senior vice president for project development of Rentech Energy Solutions Inc., a California-based company with offices in Colorado, called the coal-to-liquid plant an exciting opportunity for devastated coal communities.
How, by devastating them some more?
November 2, 2006 From Manchin Wants Energy Independence for State by 2030:
Stephanie Timmermeyer, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection said "Liquefaction is the next step after gasification. To us, one of the easiest answers for being energy independent is for coal liquefaction."
For information on why this is an outrageous quote, please see Coal-to-liquid doesn't make sense for economy, environment
October 20, 2006 From the Gillette, Wyoming News Record Alan Weakly declares coal has rights that apparently override those of citizens and landowners:
There's still coal underneath the land and sometime in the future, that coal has the right to be mined, said Commissioner Alan Weakly, a former mining engineer. What I am saying is there are areas where people will build and in the future they will have to un-build.
What about coal's right to privacy?
October 12, 2006 From Scientists Differ Over Impact of Valley Fills:
Experts for the corps and coal companies said streams on top of valley fills are just as healthy as the original ones were.
"We are improving the habitat," said Ed Kirk, director of the biological division for REI Consultants of Beckley, during Oct. 10 testimony.
August 2, 2006 In his Herald-Dispatch opinion piece Twisted Gun course shows positives of mine reclamation David B. Akers vies for most outrageous coal industry quote of the year, writing "A valley is erosion in its purest form. Valley fills correct that. The water still flows."
Destroying an ecosystem by blowing up mountain tops and pushing them into a valley corrects erosion????!!!! As one person who wrote to OVEC said of Mr. Akers' claim, "This statement is so dumb, I can't even begin to address it."
March 12, 2006 Bill Raney's entire LTE in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is an outrageous quote, ending with "Pittsburgh, please call and come take a look at what we're doing. I believe you will like it." Or not... Read Janet Keating's rebuttal here. Also see Do-nothing' session irks Blankenship and Patty Sebok's rebuttal.
December 26, 2005 From The Charleston Gazette, "DEP staying out of wind-power debate."
"Up to now, the environmental damage suffered by this state has taken such forms as past, unregulated mountaintop mining and acid mine drainage," Representative Alan Mollohan said. "This time, the prospect is for destruction of wildlife and scenic views from a proliferation of industrial wind turbines on the state's mountain ridges."
Rep. Mollohan is living in la-la land if he thinks the environmental damage from mountaintop removal and acid mine drainage is past! Mountaintop removal is only regulated on paper; in reality coal companies violate their permits daily as part of business as usual. And has the man heard of the acid mine pools that lurk under much of northern West Virginia? Has he heard of the numerous streams that will have to be treated for acidity in perpetuity?To learn about acid mine pools, click here and to learn more about acid mine drainage, click here.
December 17, 2005 From WVEC, "Tourists watch as mining firms lop off mountaintops," perhaps not so much outrageous, as stupid and revealing: "To imply that we're flattening Appalachia is so untrue," Kentucky Coal Association president Bill Caylor says. "We're creating level land for Appalachia."
Aug. 21, 2005 As reported by the Charleston Gazettes Paul Nyden, in Masseys Blankenship heats up growing debate to repeal state food tax.
Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship spoke to a West Virginia Republican Party gathering in Charleston. During his speech, Blankenship dismissed reasons often given to explain West Virginias economic problems, including the lack of roads, lack of flat land, coal mine mechanization and peoples laziness. Do you really think the problems are caused by a lack of flat land? Leave me alone, and Ill give you all the flat land you want, Blankenship said.
August 9, 2005 As reported by WOWK's
Leaves Coal Association Again."
July 5, 2005 In this oped printed in the Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky MTR mining engineers J. Steven Gardner claims large draglines are no longer in widespread use, mining does not cause flooding, and mountaintop removal is just "accelerated erosion." Then he accuses Kentucky authors of perpetuating myths.
March 22, 2005 From the Charleston Gazette article Bush, industry seek reversal of mine ruling.
In its brief, the Bush administration argued that the
corps had properly implemented congressional intent that nationwide
permits streamline the approval process for activities that bury
An OVEC reader writes: "Strikes a balance???? Strikes the environment with a hard punch to the gut..."
February 25, 2005 From the Charleston Gazette article Rush Creek mine hearing attracts 150; Residents, miners debate proposed mine
Mount Alpha Road resident Barney Frazier, a Charleston
lawyer, gave a polite but emotional speech on behalf of himself and
neighbors who oppose the Keystone Industries mine.
Most of all, Frazier said, he is upset that the mine
will ruin what he called the "awesome view" from the large deck he and
his wife included in their home.
February 12, 2005 From the Charleston Gazette article FOC Field? Friends of Coal mulls purchase of naming rights to new stadium
"We like being part of things where people
feel good," (Friends of Coal spokesman Bill) Bissett said.
December 8, 2004 From The Associated Press article No. 2 DOI Official Resigns
Steven Griles, the former lobbyist who oversaw the Bush administration's push to open more public land to energy development, said "Under the president's watch, our air is cleaner, our water is purer, our parks are better managed, our wilderness is protected and we're adding wetlands once again for our wildlife.''
Griles must be drinking Bush's Kool Aid...
November 3, 2004 From The Associated Press article Bush Win Drives Coal Stocks Higher
"We think a second term with Bush would limit the risk on the carbon dioxide issue becoming a major concern for coal demand," analyst Jonathan Wolff of Wachovia Securities wrote in a research note Wednesday.
Of course the reality of global warming will have nothing to do with
the lowering coal demand!
Right, if the future is for creatures that thrive on Nox, Sox, arsenic and mercury...
September 19, 2004 From The Philadelphia Enquirer article Teflon mystery raises safety questions
DuPont says it has broken no laws and has sharply reduced emissions
of PFOA. And studies on plant workers have shown PFOA to be safe, said
Don Duncan, president of the Society of the Plastics Industry, an
September 1, 2004 From The Charleston Daily Mail article Governor kicking off Business Summit
"We have sped up the permitting process
without detracting from our environmental protection efforts or hurting
the economy by keeping coal at a stalemate," Governor Wise
August 25, 2004 From the Charleston Gazette
Judge asked to clarify valley fill ruling
As if blowing up forested mountaintops and shoving the resulting rubble into valleys, forever burying streams under millions of tons of debris isn't proof of imminent environmental harm!
August 17, 2004 From The Washington Post article Appalachia Is Paying Price for White House Rule Change
"People have used these sites to build high
schools and golf courses -- they see it as an opportunity to stimulate
the economy and create jobs," said Gerard, the National
Mining Association president. "Some of the
sites are so beautifully reclaimed, many people can't tell the
August 9, 2004 From the New York Times article MINES TO MOUNTAINTOPS: Rewriting Coal Policy; Friends in the White House Come to Coal's Aid
James L. Connaughton, the chairman of the White House's Council on
Environmental Quality, said the changes in the mountaintop mining rules
were "all part of the broader effort to sustain
coal as a critical part of the nation's energy mix, because it's
affordable, it's reliable and it's domestically secure."
Mr. Connaughton said the administration also was committed to
improving environmental safeguards.
August 3, 2004 From the Reuters article World Bank agrees to continue oil, gas lending
"The proposals of management are built around the central theme that our investments and policy advice in the extractive industries should benefit the poor first and foremost," said World Bank President James Wolfensohn.
July 31, 2004 Purple text below from the Intelligencer article Aide: Bush Committed to Coal
L. Connaughton and Bob Murray -- a
pair you can really count on to ignore pesky little coal-related
problems like global warming
rights. "Clean" coal? Hang onto your
wallet! And remember, as long as there is mountaintop removal, there
is no such thing as "clean" coal! Coal's dirty when you dig it, dirty when
you haul it,
dirty when you burn it, and dirty
when you dispose
of the ash. Plus it sure dirties up
According to Connaughton, the president and his
"Coal is the price anchor, the
reliability anchor and the national
Connaughton also claimed the policies of the
"I can tell you that James Connaughton
is your friend as you stand
July 10, 2004 From the New York Times article Federal Judge Rejects Process for Approval of Mining
Blain Rethmeier, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said Friday that his office was studying the ruling and would have no immediate comment. "Obviously the administration believes in the importance of responsible coal mining to the economy and energy production, but is also committed to complying with all the environmental laws," Mr. Rethmeier said.
The above quote may not appear outrageous on its face, unless you know the truth about the Bush administration and coal. BushCo has a record of trying to gut many of the laws written to protect humans and our life support system (the environment) by regulating the coal industry. For just a few examples, check out Hot Topics, and this EIS story, as well as this issue of Winds of Change
January 15, 2004 From The Charleston Daily Mail article Firm plans Logan County coal-to-diesel plant
John Rich, president of Waste Management and Processors Inc., said
"We wouldn't even be having this discussion if the
true cost of oil was reflected at the pump."
December 31, 2003 From the San Francisco Chronicle
Inside the mercurial Bush policy on mercury pollution; Nearly 2 years
Jeffrey Holmstead is the EPA's senior air quality official. He led
the Bush administration's gutting of mercury regulations. He's a former
industry lawyer. He said:
November 14, 2003 From Bush Administrations Response to Extinction Study
Assistant Secretary of Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Craig Manson told the Los Angeles Times on November 14, 2003 that the interests of developers should often prevail over endangered species. Nor should the Endangered Species Act be invoked to save species from extinction: "If we are saying that the loss of species in and of itself is inherently bad - I don't think we know enough about how the world works to say that." That same day he told participants at an endangered species conference in Santa Barbara that placing species on the endangered species list was not a priority of the Bush administration and that the administration will not significantly increase the budget for doing so.
October 18, 2003 From the Lexington Herald Leader article Some Blame Seepage From Drilling In Region
Jeff Eshelman, spokesman for the Independent Petroleum Association of America, which represents oil and natural gas drillers, said it doesn't make sense that natural gas could find its way horizontally through rock strata into a water well. "Because we drill straight down to reach natural gas, there would seem logically to be no connection between gas wells and water wells," he said.
Can Eshelman say "fractures"?
August 7, 2003 From a speech by the
Republican Senator for
"Yet anyone who pays even cursory
attention to the issue understands that scientists vigorously disagree
over whether human activities are responsible for global warming, or
whether those activities will precipitate natural disasters.
Only if one's cursory attention is focused on short term profits for big energy. Anyone who actually pays attention to the actual scientists understands that there is overwhelming agreement that human activities are responsible for global warming and increasingly extreme weather. Inhofe goes on to say:
A new state law raising legal weight limits for coal trucks on some roads will not help the coal industry and will not save lives, the president of Massey Energy told lawmakers Tuesday.
Don Blankenship told a legislative interim committee that the law raising legal limits to 120,000 pounds on designated coal haul routes will drive up coal industry costs and will not affect what he called a "no worse than average" rate of fatal accidents involving coal trucks.
"Four to six fatalities a year, with the number of miles coal trucks are traveling on these highways each year, is no worse than average," said Blankenship.
May 7, 2003 From the Charleston Gazette article Chafin proposes 'coal-to-chemicals' tax credits
Look out! State Senate Majority Leader H. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, and Massey Energy President Don Blankenship have come up with a new idea!
Chafin and Blankenship want Congress to convert the current synfuel tax credit, which Chafin admits is bogus and which is bilking taxpayers for billions a year, into a "coal-to-chemicals tax credit." They want to convert coal into diesel fuel and chemicals.
"This project is a natural for Southern West Virginia coal and a natural for homeland security," Chafin said Tuesday. "Blankenship ran the idea by me, and I began looking at it."
Chafin said Blankenship and Buck Harless, a Mingo County coal and timber owner who is a director of Massey Energy, have good contacts in the Bush administration, including Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.
Asked if similar programs had been developed in the past, Chafin said, "Hitler did this. He made gasoline out of coal when they were desperate for gasoline during World War II. But the technology was so bad then. Our technology is so far ahead now and the market is there."
Now we know where Big Coal gets its role models!
April 9, 2003 From the Charleston Gazette article State could be terror target, official says"
Retired Lt. Col. Herb Lattimore of the state Department of Emergency Services said that West Virginia could be at a greater risk of domestic terrorism than of an attack by international terror groups.
West Virginia is a very good target.
Potential domestic terrorist groups, he said, include religious organizations, racial hate groups and environmental activists.
Think of West Virginia coal mining, strip mining, Lattimore said. Youve got people like my tree-hugger wife who, if I let her, would go out and put nails in all of the trees to keep them from being cut down."
Lattimore said that potential terrorists are everywhere.
I know there are other people running around, he said. You know there are.
We all know of a few fruit loops hes walking around with his aluminum foil over his head to keep the messages out.
Web Lackey's Note: I don't know anyone, environmentalist or not, who wears aluminum foil on their head. Mr. Lattimore may be confusing Hollywood fiction with daily reality, a dangerous delusion, especially for someone responsible for public safety. But Mr. Lattimore may be onto something: perhaps we do need to turn off our TV's and conduct clean elections to "help keep the messages out."
Feb 14, 2003 From the Register Herald article Senator: Coal truck weight bill is a 'must'
(State Senator) Chafin took another verbal jab at the DEP, following up on earlier criticism of new Secretary Stephanie Timmermeyer, whose appointment is still pending in the Senate.
"We're going to take her to task if she doesn't start working with the coal industry."
Under the bill, DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) would be precluded from adopting environmental standards for the mining industry that were more stringent than the federal standards "unless some aspect of the environment is in danger," Chris Hamilton, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said.
DEP would have six months under the bill in which to examine all existing rules that apply to the mining industry. "It's our bill. It's an industry bill," Hamilton said.
Really Chris? We never would have guessed!
Feb 5, 2003 From The Charleston Daily Mail article Lawyer urges jurors to put coal company under court supervision
These gems provided by Elk Run's lawyer, Al Emch:
Emch said the media and environmental groups have unfairly portrayed Elk Run's operations as a blight. He said dust is not unusual in coalfield communities and that it has not caused any health problems.
"Was it intolerable or was it just some variation of normal, or close to normal, for a number of small southern West Virginia coal communities?'' Emch asked.
"It's not like they drove one of these big trucks through someone's house. There are no allegations of health damage.''
Also, from Massey coal dust case goes to jury, Emch defies logic by claiming: One persons intolerable nuisance can be another persons welcome, or even embraced, inconvenience.
Charles Ryan, a publicist, one of the new best Friends of Coal gives us several gems:
Coal is a good neighbor socially, environmentally and economically,
The problem is that the critics are small in number, but they have a very big voice. Coal is very large, but it has a very small voice. [While Coal may indeed have a feeble voice, it speaks through a gargantuan megaphone - that's why environmentalists are using email and running a few modest websites while Coal's message blares on TV sets and billboards]
Your tentacles are everywhere in this state, Ryan told the operators. They reach into every program in this state. [He's got this right!]
As a bonus, Friends of Coal's new spokesman, former West Virginia University football coach Don Nehlen, displays his ignorance of the True Costs of Coal:
Lets get some of these doggone regulations eliminated or at least made sound, so guys can mine coal, Nehlen said. I dont exactly know the regulations, but Im smart enough to know that in China, they mine for six bucks a ton, and we have got to be able to compete with them". [One wonders if the Coach knows that according to "The Coal Miners' Dark Fate," a Jan. 23, 2002 Los Angles Times article,10,000 coal miners die each year in China? Or how little they are paid, or to what extent coal devastates China's water and air, not to mention our own water and air. For reaction to Nehlen's remarks. see: Delegate Blasts Former Coach and listen to the mp3 of Caputo's comments]
"For a guy who just learned to spell coal, I didn't do too bad," Nehlen said after his presentation. [The coach may have learned how to spell "coal" from his Friends of Coal check stub, but where did he get the idea that WV miners have to compete with Chinese coal miners?]
OVEC says: Aquatic biologists know ephemeral and intermittent streams are essential to the well being of all downstream waters and the life they support (including our own!). They study these things.
Paper says-- Isolated wetlands and smaller streams that occasionally go dry would no longer get protection under the 30-year-old Clean Water Act because the administration is planning to change the definition of protected waterways, many activists say. The EPA would not comment.
..the (Kentucky) coal association's (president Bill) Caylor said the only streams that would be affected don't really deserve to be called streams. They are "drainage ditches" that only carry water after a rain, he said.
Dec. 11, 2002 From a story titled "Prayer on the Mountain" in the press edition of The Courier-Journal:
No one from the coal industry spoke at the service. In a telephone interview, Bill Caylor, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, said he resented people bringing religion in the debate on mountaintop removal. "I disagree when people try to justify their actions with quotes from the Bible," Caylor said. "Let's not bring religion into this." Caylor said he could justify mountaintop removal by quoting a Bible passage that reads, "every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low."
Oct. 21, 2002 From the story "Coal haulers say numbers prove their case" in the Charleston Daily Mail:
"The impact of an 80,000 pound vehicle is not any less lethal than a truck that weighs 120,000 pounds," Dingess said. "Trust me, you won't feel a difference when it hits you."
Sept. 27, 2002 From the story "Coal ash sparks pollution worries" in the Lexington Herald-Leader :
"There are some very legitimate concerns in certain situations, but generally there should not be concern for heavy metals (washing) out of coal ash," said Bill Caylor, executive director of the Kentucky Coal Association. "This public fear of heavy metals is blown out of proportion."
Sept. 25, 2002 From the story "Wise promotes production of coalbed methane; Method produces large amounts of heavily polluted water" in the Charleston Gazette.
Bob Wise on coalbed methane: "We have a permitting process that I think you will find extremely cooperative. We have re-written the book on being cooperative about permitting"
Sept. 5, 2002 From the story "State cleans up large tire dump" in The Times Record.
Speaking of illegal open dumps, WV Department of Environmental Projection chief Michael Callaghan said, "They are not only an eyesore, they are a nuisance and a danger. The DEP is determined to get rid of these sites that ruin the natural beauty of our state."
What's outrageous about that? This is the man who let mountaintop removal ruin the natural beauty of our state on a scale that utterly dwarfs the illegal open dump problem.
August 31, 2002 From an AP story in the Courier Journal.
Bill Caylor, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, said the problem isn't that mining operations are moving closer to residential areas but that residential areas are moving closer to mining operations:
''It's true that 30 years ago a lot of mining was done in truly isolated areas,'' Caylor said. ''We're still mining in isolated areas, but now they're inhabited.''
July 12, 2002 From the story "Opponents of weight increase gather for press conference" in the Daily Telegraph:
Bill Raney, president, said Thursday,
"It is important to recognize that this bill is a compromise. Certain modern coal haulage trucks are rated to safely carry 139,000 pounds. That's what we have repeatedly said we would like to have as a maximum."
July 12, 2002 From the story "Tougher mining-pollution fines urged: Senator says company didn't pay enough for Martin coal-slurry spill" in The Courier Journal:
Carol Raulston, spokeswoman for the National Mining Association, said there needs to be a balance between fines and whatever incentives are needed to encourage people to do the right thing.
July 10, 2002 From the story "Report says state has itself to blame for overweight trucks; Panel recommends coal truck weight limit be raised " in the Charleston Daily Mail :
The state has allowed coal operators to become accustomed to shipping coal in illegal loads by its lax enforcement of state weight laws, so the Legislature should increase the weight limit, the Governor's Truck Safety Work Group argues in its final report.
June 19, 2002 From The Washington Times article, EPA says toxic sludge is good for fish:
May 9, 2002: Speaking of Judge Haden's ruling that Corps of Engineers was illegally violating the Clean Water Act, Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association called the ruling "judge-made law." OVEC guesses that Mr. Raney is ok with coal-industry-written laws....
May 6, 2002: From the Charleston Gazette story, Easy permits proposed for mountaintop removal mining:
April 30, 2002: In an WV Public Radio Story by Dan Heyman, which aired on NPR Morning Edition, Bill Raney claims that valley fills can improve water quality in streams!!!
"There's just a great preservation of the quality of water. In some cases the water quality comes back to be more consistent and more reliable, and even better than it was before we mined."
April 26, 2002: On the rule change proposed by Bush, Inc., Environmental Protection Agency Chief Christine Whitman said:
"It is not a giveaway to the mining industry. It does not allow activity that isn't already under way."
See the full story in the NY Times.
April 21, 2002: Executives and lobbyists for the nation's energy industry have long argued that the Clinton administration had granted environmental groups far greater access when formulating energy policies. Now, they say, the pendulum has swung the other way, with the Bush administration developing a more balanced position that emphasizes increasing the output of oil, coal and power.
See the full story in the NY Times.
"What's going on here is simply the word greed. The so called environmentalists are not interested in science, they're not interested in the health of this planet, they're not interested in the welfare of the people of my state. They're interested in only one thing and that's fundraising and keeping their high paid jobs."
April 14, 2002: Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, says mountaintop removal mining is a carefully engineered process that sometimes improves the quality of valley streams while it is making jagged mountaintops accessible.
"It's not scorched earth and it's not devastation," said Bill
Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Assn. "It's a methodical engineering process."
March 12, 2002: "It's not a bad thing to enforce the law, but it will definitely devastate this industry in West Virginia,'' said Carl Hazelett, surface mine manager for Pen Coal Corp. in Dunlow. From Charleston Daily Mail
Mike Smith, the newly named assistant secretary for fossil fuels at the U.S. Department of Energy, told a Charleston audience Wednesday that he would work to ensure that oil, natural gas and coal industry's interests are heeded in Washington.
"The biggest challenge is going to be how to best utilize taxpayer dollars to the benefit of industry, in my opinion," Smith said.
He said he doesn't understand environmentalists concerns about the Artic national Wildlife Refuge.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Web site...(ANWR) is one of the most complete and undisturbed eco-systems on earth...
"It's simply a non-issue with me," Smith said. "It looks like a desert covered in snow."
The (fossil fuel) energy industry needs support more now than ever, Smith said.