Thursday, July 15, 2010
Mountaintop removal battle in W Va continues, as Obama admin threatens to curtail new mine; BP leak capped for now
The government does not have specific data on the output of mountaintop mines, but it may account for 10% of the country’s coal output and 5% of its electricity. The role is much larger in Kentucky and West Virginia.
The coal industry still maintains that scaling back mountaintop removal will cause job losses. Spruce 1 would apparently be the largest mountaintop mine in the nation.
The link for the story is here.
Update: later Thursday
So on BP Deepwater Horizon we see the end of the beginning, as the blowout is capped, at least for a while, for the first time in 87 days. It's ironic to happen on the same days as the stripmining story.