That's right. Those bone-dry gullies are, somehow, "streams."
To radical environmentalists anyway.
And, therefore, to the EPA.
Why would they want to believe such a thing?
Because the "fact" that they are streams makes them federally - meaning EPA - protected.
And coal, being the enemy of the environment, lo and behold, can't be mined where "streams" flow.
Neat bit of subterfuge, eh?
What's even neater is the fact that these snakes have gotten away with this admirable bit of deception.
Now the coalfields fight back.
Morgan Griffith, Republican, Southwest Virginia, and Nick Rahall, Democrat, southern West Virginia, the people thank you:
House votes to block EPA on water pollutionHere's how the vote came down. Most Democrats sided with the rock-strewn, dry-as-a-bone gullies. Nearly all Republicans were in support of those Americans trying to scratch out a living in the mines.
By Robin Bravender, Politico
The House on Wednesday approved legislation to smack down the Obama administration’s water pollution policies, despite a looming veto threat from the White House.
The chamber voted 239-184 to adopt a bipartisan bill that seeks to limit EPA’s authority over state water quality decisions after recent agency actions have irked lawmakers, particularly in coal states and in Florida.
Backers of the bill sent a loud message that they’re not pleased with recent EPA water policies, including a January veto of a West Virginia mining permit and new nutrient pollution standards in Florida.
“The action that we’ve seen from EPA has unleashed an unprecedented backlash,” said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) “Everyone has called this a huge power grab by EPA and EPA has indeed created a regulatory nightmare that affects almost every state in the union.”
The bill is one of several recent House efforts to limit the Obama administration’s water pollution policies, including a series of riders attached to the fiscal 2012 Interior-EPA spending bill.
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), the ranking member on the transportation panel and co-author of the bill, accused EPA of “strong-arming the states” on water permits and of creating an “atmosphere of worry, of distrust and of bitterness.” [link]
One of those voting in support of human beings - besides Rahall - Morgan Griffith.
As is mentioned above, Obama is expected to side with the boulders and veto the legislation.
But he'll eventually be shoved aside. One way or another. And Americans will become a priority in this country once again. He'll stand in the way only until we stand and vote his ass out.
Thanks for fighting the good fight, fellas. The forsaken people of the coalfields need all the help they can get.