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W.Va. Democrats unload on Obama EPA over new layoffs in coal industry

W.Va. Democrats unload on Obama EPA over new layoffs in coal industry
By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/30/epa-green-rules-cited-latest-coal-layoffs/

West Virginia Democrats are “outraged” with President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, which has now cost the jobs of nearly 150 coal miners in the state.

Energy giant Consol announced Tuesday that it will idle its surface mining operations in Mingo County after failing to secure necessary Clean Water Act permits from the EPA.

The Miller Creek surface mine facility has been in operation for decades, and the company had planned to construct the new “King Coal Highway” as part of a reclamation project after mining is complete. Coal mine employees, Consol said, would eventually have been assigned to the highway project, once the coal supplies had been exhausted.

Democrats in the state, already angry with the administration’s “war on coal,” unloaded on the EPA on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am incensed and infuriated that the EPA would intentionally delay the needed permit for a public-private project that would bring so many good jobs and valuable infrastructure to communities that so desperately need them,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement.

Mr. Manchin has been one of the loudest critics of Mr. Obama’s environmental policy. He skipped this year’s Democratic convention, and, in one of his campaign commercials, literally shot a hole through the controversial cap-and-trade bill.

“This project is a win-win and the EPA is trying to make it a loser,” he continued.

Mingo County officials have estimated that the mine and King Coal Highway projects could over the next 15 years created as many as 2,500 new jobs and supported the development of about 2,000 acres of land.

Consol President Nicholas J. DeIuliis said in a statement Tuesday that the company has been working to secure the necessary environmental permits since 2007, with no success.

“Once again, the EPA has stepped in the way of a great project here in West Virginia,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, said Tuesday in a joint statement with fellow Democrats Mr. Manchin, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Nick Rahall. “The EPA cannot seem to understand the big picture and the true scope of its authority.”

The quartet of state Democrats pledged to fight the EPA and try to get the Miller Creek mines back up and running and the highway project moving forward.

“I will continue to work with our senators and our governor as we present a united front in an effort to knock some common sense into EPA,” Mr. Rahall said.

Consol’s layoffs come on the heels of similar moves across Appalachia, and growing anger in that region toward the “war on coal,” a term appearing on lawn signs, billboards, bumper stickers and T-shirts throughout the region.

Last month, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources announced it would cut 1,200 jobs and shut down eight mines in West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Over the summer, Arch Coal, one of the nation’s largest producers, announced plans to shutter several operations and lay off more than 700 miners.

Earlier this month, about 5,500 people attended a “rally for coal” in Grundy, Va., where an airport-extension vital to Southwest Virginia’s economic development has been held up for years because of a dispute with federal regulators over what is an airport and what is a coal mine. The Washington Times reported earlier this month about local officials’ three-year battle with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining over regulatory hurdles to plans to extend the runway at Grundy Municipal Airport.

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    • @Americanalltheway
      Actually dirt cheap natural gas will do in Coal

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    • @Americanalltheway

      Renewable energy will also require some workers so if those diggers are smart enough to deal with technology they will still have a job. If not, they can start digging their own graves instead of "ours"

      Its time to move forward and stop being set back by religious or incompetent

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  • Outside of the coal producing state of W. Va nobody cares about this shit, we want clean air and water so sorry if some legislation passed that will negatively impact your state but the rest of us who have to breath the air and drink the water appreciate having some environmental controls on your industry.

    And of course this right leaning news organization provides exactly zero context or explanation why the permits were delayed or even what the reason would be for having permits in the first p More..

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    • @Americanalltheway

      Haha...yeah I know how many states use coal, 50. How many states mine for the coal, umm about 10 or so. I love that I can make idiots like yourself frothing mad just by posting my opinions. People like you are the reason I comment. Thanks for the motivation

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    • @Americanalltheway
      Now that was a well reason and thought out mature response - Not!!

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    • @Americanalltheway

      Its all cool, let us give this planet a few extra years so we have time to move you people to Mars or Kepler-22b, and you'll have tons of digging to do once again.

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  • God forbid that Americans would want CLEAN air to breath!
    Nope got to bow to the big dirty coal, stop whining so much and take 60% profit vs 61% and put in those pollution controls!

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    • @Gamalasan

      Turn OFF your computer..... you're using coal you dirty bastard!!!! I want clean air!!!!!

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    • @JihadKiller1s1k

      New York is the eighth largest energy consumer in the United States but is second lowest energy consumer per capita. It also produces more hydroelectric power then any other state and is 24% powered by renewable energy.

      So being a New Yorker, can i please keep my PC on while agreeing with Gamalasan?:)

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    • @Bleys According to the greenies hydro is not renewable.

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    • @Bleys

      NO! without coal New York wouldn't exist. Turn OFF your computer!!! I want clean air!!!!

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  • From Coal to Hightech. Look at Germany and the "Ruhrgebiet".
    Coal isnt the future and everyone (even China) realise that.

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  • FUCK COAL

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  • Still on Coal! LMFAO it's 2012 not 1712.

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  • Then why are you guys still Democrats?

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  • Good. The very notion that there's a such thing as "Clean Coal" is absurd. My Grandfather's father and his two brothers all died working in coal mines. It's incredibly dangerous and not worth the risk. That's what he used to say at least.

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  • I thought Obama was for fixing real problems, like energy independence? But from his actions, not words, he is obviously more for slowing the rise of the oceans by putting people out of work.

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  • Who - is - the next target after Obama's self righteous Green EPA Commandos bankrupt Coal. There will be a new Public Enemy Number One,

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    • @Less1leg
      Little history lesson - The EPA was established by the Republican Richard Nixon, take up your beef with him!

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    • @Kwadd1234 fuck you twat. Van Jones saw the potential of undermining a government fucking agency with social activists. Fucking liberals who call themselves liberal were actually bottom dwelling socialists who knew they could never get voted into shithouse anything but could get appointments into government agencies like EPA. Van Jones promoted it, uses it as his best platform of radical upheaval to undermine the elective process. If ya can't fight em face to face, fuck em' in the ass with lefti More..

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  • I lived in Thomas, WV, which is close to Oakland, Md, there are hundreds of windmills that are lined along the mountains, none of which power WV. Their is a saying, "All the cold wind from West Virginia is powering the hot air in Washington, D.C." It was nothing to be sitting out on any given day and fighter jets practice maneuvers. They would come so low, that as it roared pass you, you'd piss your pants.

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  • Bull shit. That's bought and paid for by the mine owners.

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  • "They have been working to secure the necessary permits since 2007"...If this was such a great project,why didn't the Bush administration grant the permits???????You Failed Again................

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  • Environment > Employment

    I suppose when the environmentalist extremist view of living like some warped 1800's with small farming communities providing veggies for their eco white bubbled families in the cities, these people with no jobs will be the ones slaving on the little farms.

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  • A vote for Mitt is a vote for Black Lung. The reason coal is less profitable is because Natural Gas is currently more popular, cheaper and abundant. Oh, and Oil production is up under Obama.

    Coal burns dirty, effects other people and businesses down wind. Should we hurt small business just to increase Big Coal profits?

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  • Yet they still vote for Obama. these guys can go screw themselves for voting for the black messiah.

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