EPA Investigating Legality of Coal River Mountain Destruction 1

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 05 Nov 2009 22:53:00 GMT

West Virginia residents have spent years battling the loss of Coal River Mountain to mountaintop removal mining. At the end of October, Massey Energy began dynamiting at the site. Opponents of the mountain’s destruction say the Environmental Protection Agency has the full authority and legal and moral obligation under the Clean Water Act to preserve the ecosystem and clean waters of the mountain, the last untouched peak in Coal River Valley. When asked for comment by Hill Heat, EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan responded:
EPA is closely examining the company’s compliance with all legal requirements.

As the EPA conducts its legal investigation, the blasting continues.

Senate Watch: Alexander, Baucus, Boxer, Collins, Inhofe, Reid, Specter

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 05 Nov 2009 16:49:00 GMT

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

E&E News I am disappointed that Senator Boxer and the Democrats have reported another 1,000-page bill without a full understanding of what it will cost. Republicans want and expect to participate in any bill about clean energy, but taxpayers expect us to know what this bill costs before we start voting on it.

Max Baucus (D-Mont.)

E&E News I’m going to work to get climate change legislation that can get 60 votes through the U.S. Senate and signed into law.

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

E&E News We believe that to go back to another analysis when we already have an unprecedented amount of work based on 350,000 pages would be a waste of taxpayer dollars, would be duplicative.

E&E News Now we take the best of Kerry-Boxer, the best of the energy bill, the best ideas from Agriculture, from Commerce, and meld together a bill. And this was a very important step in that process.

Susan Collins (R-Maine)

E&E News The members of the EPW Committee have got to make decisions on the bill that’s before them. And to require them to make decisions on incomplete information strikes me as foolhardy and as foreclosing any possibility of Republican support. I don’t know why you’d want to do that.

James Inhofe (R-Ok.)

E&E News In the history of this, we’ve not been able to find a time when a bill has been marked up without minority participation.

Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

EnviroKnow The committee’s action today is a critically important step toward crafting a good strong clean energy and climate bill. There is much more work yet to do to obtain broad support for bipartisan legislation that can quickly put our nation on a path of reducing emissions cost-effectively and creating jobs and a cleaner more secure future.

Arlen Specter (D-Penn.)

E&E News I think the senators you have mentioned will look to substance, rather than form. And there will be that EPA analysis at a later time. This bill is going to be changed markedly, when you move down the road. So they will get substantively what they want.

Copenhagen is very important symbolically. And Copenhagen would have been more impressed had we moved further. But Copenhagen will be impressed at least that we have the resoluteness to move ahead now.