Mountaintop Removal: "Hobet Deal Cuts Stream Impacts, Preserves Jobs"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Patriot Coal will cut in half the length of streams buried by its Hobet 45 mountaintop-removal mine, but still produce nearly the same amount of coal as the company originally hoped, under a deal announced Tuesday by the Obama administration.

Company officials modified their mining plan under pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which could have blocked Patriot from receiving a Clean Water Act permit for the operation.

The deal protects the jobs of more than 350 employees and avoids what could have been a huge battle with the United Mine Workers union and West Virginia's congressional delegation."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette January 5, 2010.

See Also:

"Hobet 45 Deal: Mountaintop Removal Questions for All" (Coal Tatoo)

"EPA Softens Stance on Mountaintop Coal Mining" (Wall Street Journal)

"EPA, Arch Coal Seek to End Permit Dispute" (ABC News)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010