EPA to delay 79 coal mining permits in 4 statesThose "intermittent streams," for those of you who don't live in the mountains, are dry, boulder-strewn, devoid-of-life gullies or washes that only have water running through them - for the most part - after heavy rains (that's the "intermittent" part). I'm surprised that the Associated Press reporter would offer up such a telling fact.
By Tim Huber, The Associated Press
Charleston, W.Va. — President Barack Obama's administration put the brakes on 79 applications for surface coal mining permits in four states Wednesday, saying they would violate the Clean Water Act.
The permits would allow mine operators to bury intermittent streams with excess material removed to expose coal seams. Environmental groups including the Sierra Club and the Rainforest Action Network want Obama to ban the practice, arguing it destroys ancient mountain peaks, fouls water and damages the culture of Appalachia. [link]
And as for the "culture of Appalachia" that this reporter seems to care so much about, what's more damaging, the rearranging of a pile of rocks so as to harvest the fuel necessary to heat America's homes this winter, or the worsening of an already horrendous poverty, unemployment, and depopulation problem? You worry about the culture here? Then let these people work in the only industry that offers them a future. From a sense of hope "culture" doth blossom.
As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more destructive to the culture in the coalfields than Barack Obama's pledge to destroy them. He's getting his way. The depopulation, the misery, the breathtaking poverty continue.
This by EPA decree.