Charleston, WV :Congressional Hearing of the U.S. House Energy & Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee
Monday, September 26, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kanawha County Courthouse (Old Courthouse)
2nd Floor, Historical Courtroom #4
407 Virginia Street, East Charleston, WV
The title of the hearing is “Jobs at Risk: Community Impacts of the Obama Administration’s Effort to Rewrite the Stream Buffer Zone Rule”. The hearing will examine the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation’s (OSM) Stream Protection rulemaking and its impact on jobs. The Courthouse opens at 8 a.m.
The real issue here is not JOBS. Mountain Top Removal does not foster jobs in West Virginia. It has cost deep mining jobs, and is destroying the environment, water quality, and impacts the health and welfare of hundreds of thousands of people. Please consider attending this hearing if you are interested in making sure that Congress understands that people will not stand for corporate greed, political corruption, environmental pollution, and extreme profits at the cost of Appalachia’s future. The Stream Buffer Zone is an issue because coal companies want to expand their mining operations into areas where pristine streams will be open to being buried by “overburden”, or the waste that is blasted and bulldozed into valley fills. This is the real issue.
Mountain Top Removal strip mining does not create jobs. It creates profits at the cost of the mountains themselves.
Please attend and show that you support putting energy and money into new energy sources, and that you support the EPA in it’s basic fundamental reason for being. To protect the environment from misuse by profiteers.