Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law: The Mountaintop Mining Rule

The current presidential administration is still attempting to reverse some of the laws passed by the previous administration.

According to The Wall Street Journal, President Obama's administration is attempting to abolish "The Mountaintop Mining Rule." This rule, which was passed by former President Bush right before he left office, allows coal mining companies to blow the tops off of mountains and deposit the waste in nearby rivers and streams.

The coal mining companies are advocating for The Mountaintop Mining Rule to stay in place. They claim that the mining procedure that this law allows is less dangerous to miners, and is more inexpensive than regular underground mining. However, the U.S Interior Secretary's rebuttal declares that the procedure is extremely hazardous to the environment. On behalf of the current administration, the Interior Secretary has requested that a federal court throw the rule out. A decision is still pending.

[SIDEBAR: If not abolished, will this Mountaintop Mining Rule allow for the flattening of mountain ranges? How many more ways can we possibly destroy our natural environment? Smh.]

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