27 Sep '11, 8pm

Committee press release redacts existence of mountaintop removal opponents

Yesterday a House Natural Resources subcommittee tried its very hardest not to hear West Virginians' concerns about the destruction and heartbreak of mountaintop removal in their communities. Now the subcommittee leadership is trying to pretend these people don't even exist. As I blogged previously , the Charleston, WV field hearing was meant to examine "Jobs at Risk: Community Impacts of the Obama Administration’s Effort to Rewrite the Stream Buffer Zone Rule." The lion's share of the witness list weren't impacted community members; they were coal companies and their political allies. Under pressure, the subcommittee tacked on two witnesses with a different point of view: Bo Webb of Coal River Mountain Watch and Maria Gunnoe of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition . Well, the committee has issued a press release about the hearing . And it lists every witness and summar...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mwaage/committee_press_...

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