06 May '11, 10pm

Appalachian mountain defenders seen, not heard at House mountaintop removal hearing ~ @NRDCSwitchboard

"I think this was balanced. We had industry here, and we had state regulators here."--Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs, concluding Thursday's hearing on EPA regulation of mountaintop removal Yesterday's show trial of a House hearing on "EPA mining regulations: Assault on Appalachian Jobs" went pretty much as expected . There was a strong showing of several dozen pro-mountain EPA supporters in the audience. But no scientists, health professionals, citizens affected by mountaintop removal, citizen advocates, or even a representative from the agency in question were invited to testify, yielding a very one-track conversation about the inconvenience of EPA's work to enforce the Clean Water Act. As West Virginia resident Dustin White told E&E Daily (subscription required ), "It's really a slap in the face to the people who are affected by this. They're not hearing the whole story...

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