Wed
Apr 2 2008
12:41 pm

Tommy Kilby Makes few friends with his position on the Mountaintop removal bill. I wish someone would take Tommy aside and point out that most of the people in his district want our Mountain heritage protected.

There's more to this than folks think. The future of the New River and Big South Fork of the Cumberland are dependant on this legislation.

More as it happens

More on the Practice of Mountaintop removal mining

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Something that has not been pointed out is that a large percentage of the land affected actually belongs to the people of Tennessee. Mining leases that were in effect before Royal Blue and Sundquist forests were bought by the State of Tennessee have the potential to destroy the beauty and ecology of these areas. Roual Blue drains directly into the New River which has only recently recovered from the horrendous mining activity of the last century.EPA regulations are totally inadequate to protect this waterway which flows into the Big South Fork Wilderness area.

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