[Years ago what was called then strip mining was outlawed because it causes heavy pollution in the vicinity where it is carried out and pollutes streams and rivers from which people derive drinking water and water used for irrigation and other necessary purposes.  It is a cheap way to get at coal, but there are many other locations from which to extract it in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Such disregard of a basic environmental protection is far beyond simply outrageous.  It is downright criminal!

Needless to say this is the sort of property game that can be played when corporate interests have taken over the White House — the safety and health of mere people can be downgraded to enhance the profits of the wealthy corporations.  There seems to be no limit beyond which this administration will not stray while it is still in power and free to disregard both laws and regulations that have been effected by caring governments in the past.  Ed Kent]

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Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining
By JOHN M. BRODER
The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation that
would enshrine a technique that involves blasting off the
tops of mountains and dumping the debris in valleys.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/23/us/23coal.html?th&emc=th

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