Mining Group Blasts OSM’s Stream Protection Rule

osmThe Obama Administration is proposing another rule intended to interfere with the coal industry. The Office of Surface Mining will hold a public listening session on their proposed Stream Protection Rule. Experts say the “rule” will amend or modify 475 existing rules that will decimate coal jobs across the nation and put valuable coal reserves off-limits. The group Count on Coal, which is sponsored by the National Mining Association, says essentially, OSM’s Stream Protection Rules duplicate existing regulations and will simply add to the 30,000 coal miners that have lost their jobs since 2011, while driving up electricity rates for families far away from the coalfields without any environmental impact. The group is asking residents to send a letter to the OSM, urging the office to extend the comment period by 120 days. The Denver public listening session will be held tonight from 5 to 9 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

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