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Agency Revokes Permit for Major Coal Mining Projec
New York Times ^ | January 13, 2011 | John M. Broder

Posted on 01/14/2011 2:44:56 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency revoked the permit for one of the nation’s largest mountaintop-removal coal mining projects on Thursday, saying the mine would have done unacceptable damage to rivers, wildlife and communities in West Virginia. It was the first time the agency had rescinded a valid clean water permit for a coal mine.

Arch Coal’s proposed Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, which would have buried miles of Appalachian streams under millions of tons of residue, has been the subject of controversy and litigation since the first application was filed more than a decade ago. Opposition intensified after the Bush administration approved the mine’s construction in 2007, issuing a permit required under the Clean Water Act.

The boldness of the E.P.A.’s action was striking at a time when the agency faces an increasingly hostile Congress and well-financed business lobbies seeking to limit its regulatory reach. Agency officials said that the coal company was welcome to resubmit a less damaging mining plan, but that law and science demanded the veto of the existing plan.

...An official of Arch Coal, based in St. Louis, said the company would continue to challenge the federal action in court.

“We remain shocked and dismayed at E.P.A.’s continued onslaught with respect to this validly issued permit,” said Kim Link, the company’s spokeswoman. “Absent court intervention, E.P.A.’s final determination to veto the Spruce permit blocks an additional $250 million investment and 250 well-paying American jobs.”

“Furthermore, we believe this decision will have a chilling effect on future U.S. investment,” she added, “because every business possessing or requiring a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act will fear similar overreaching by the E.P.A. It’s a risk many businesses cannot afford to take.” ...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coal; energy; environment; green

1 posted on 01/14/2011 2:44:58 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Liberal RX for our economy is like old medical practices. Doctors used to “Bleed” their patients to try to cure them. Liberal economics mirrors these outdated treatments.


2 posted on 01/14/2011 2:50:09 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Scuttling job creating and America enriching energy independence while decreasing the value of our dollar is resulting not only in high unemployment but growing inflation—only a matter of time before things get so bad Americans will beg for a “dependable dictator.”

I never thought this basic Marxist-Leninist strategy would work here.


3 posted on 01/14/2011 2:57:14 AM PST by Happy Rain
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I am a PE who has filed for several 401/404 permits on behalf of various clients. If this permit truly involves miles of streams being covered by this activity(Please be aware that the term stream at a mountain top involves ephemeral streams-Basically anything that could carry water in a decent downfall, i.e. a swale in the ground) then there were significant mitigation fees paid by the permittee-probably hundreds of dollars/foot. What this means is that EPA just cut their own financial throats, along with Arch and WV, in order to make for some headlines to impress their SWPL voting base. On the other hand my family owns some private coal company rights and I say, “Well that is a little less supply.”. Prices and checks up! Yea Ha!


4 posted on 01/14/2011 2:59:28 AM PST by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Energy prices will necessarily skyrocket.”


5 posted on 01/14/2011 3:30:59 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I posted this on another thread as I believe the general public does not know the real truth:

I am extremely familiar with this permit. This permit has been in the process for almost 10 years. The Corp of Engineers and the State granted the permit until the EPA stepped in. The leg that the EPA is standing on for vetoing this permit is that the stream flow will be interrupted (these are not perennial streams) and will have an affect on the MAY FLY! Guess how long the May Fly lives?......a couple of days. The streams that they are referring to are about 36,000 total feet of “stream”. A very small portion of this “stream” they do deem as perennial stream. This area is around 4-6” deep. There is no fish habitat and no possibility for it to be used as recreational. They wanted to issue a permit for the first valley fill and monitor water quality in that first fill (and whatever other b/s they come with) then they would evaluate that first valley fill success or failure. After the final report on this valley fill they then would determine whether to issue the next permit. Kinda like mine and permit as you go.

Now, how many companies would commit $300MM dollars to a project not knowing what the future is due to not being able to permit the whole lease?

It doesn’t matter that this company is the safest mining company in the World, let alone having the lowest violatons per inspections by the state or EPA regarding environmental violations. This boiles down to one thing.....shutting down mining in the U.S.

The water quality standards they imposed last year are so bizzare that the run-off coming from the EPA’s parking ot doesn’t comply. Completely insane.


6 posted on 01/14/2011 3:31:23 AM PST by mmanager
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh great, grant a permit and then revoke it. Way to stimulate the economy. Now in order to get the coal out, more miners would need to go underground at greater risk to their lives.

This was O’s notion: make energy so expensive people will have to cut back on using it.

Just read elsewhere on FR that CA has imposed so many rules on energy that it may make electric cars too expensive to drive.


7 posted on 01/14/2011 3:33:12 AM PST by finnsheep
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
UMWA Endorses Barack Obama for President
8 posted on 01/14/2011 3:39:20 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Zero has made his statement of bankrupting coal and using the EPA as an iron fist
of regulation UNCONSTITUTIONALLY to carry out his promise without Congress
damning the will of the people!


Food prices be damned, poor be damned, fuel prices be DAMNED!


Well, damn you Zero!

9 posted on 01/14/2011 3:39:32 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is going to go over very badly in rough and tumble Logan County.


10 posted on 01/14/2011 4:03:58 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Soebarkah, shutting down business is his job.
11 posted on 01/14/2011 4:18:38 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There is but one solution to the problem. It is considered extreme and can’t be mentioned.


12 posted on 01/14/2011 4:23:36 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: smaug6

Even under the Bush administration’s famously friendly stance toward the extractive industries, miners began to report an uptick in permitting scrutiny last year. Scores of permits were further delayed by court proceedings that ultimately failed to compel the Army Corps of Engineers to revamp the permit-review process.

Setting a new tone for the Environmental Protection Agency, administrator Lisa Jackson directed the agency to review 150 to 200 permits for new or expanded surface mines. In letters to the Corps, she voiced particular concern with three proposals — involving miners like Massey Energy (NYSE: MEE) and Patriot Coal (NYSE: PCX) — over worries about water quality and the continuity of existing streams.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2009/03/26/obama-vs-coal.aspx

Looks like they won’t be the only one...just the first.


13 posted on 01/14/2011 4:28:58 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: mmanager

I always appreciate an informed view such as yours to provide context to the headlines. Thanks for sharing.

The business atmosphere created by this administration IMO largely guarantees that no serious investment in American industry will be made by the private investment sector in the foreseeable future. The rulebook has been torn up and thrown away; no reliance can any longer be placed upon the existence of a reasonable and consistent regulatory playing field. Washington DC now functionally controls the American economy.


14 posted on 01/14/2011 4:29:17 AM PST by Senator John Blutarski (The progress of government: republic, democracy, technocracy, bureaucracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy,)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Where’s good ‘ol Joe Manchin now?? Big tough guy - resurrects his languishing senatorial campaign with a phony rifle/shooting bad legislation ad; defiantly proclaims he’ll be his “own man” and fight against Obama for his state. Well, white courtesy phone’s ringing, Joe! You gonna pick it up or, much more likely (now that you’ve been elected), be the Obama lackey we all knew you’d be!


15 posted on 01/14/2011 4:33:35 AM PST by nuvista (Obama-care - you think that arrogant Marxist "cares" about you?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The EPA dis not revoke the permit. The revocation was signed by an individual. A person revoked the permit.

Who was that person? Where does she live? What is her phone number? What is her mother’s phone number? Where does she live?


16 posted on 01/14/2011 4:34:19 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: nuvista

That’s my first question. Is he going to stand up to obama’s EPA?


17 posted on 01/14/2011 4:36:19 AM PST by jersey117
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To: nuvista

My thought exactly! Idiot voters in WV should proud of themselves now!


18 posted on 01/14/2011 4:38:02 AM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: jersey117

Where is Joe Manchin?


19 posted on 01/14/2011 4:38:26 AM PST by scooby321
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To: scooby321

Probably cowering off in a corner somewhere afraid to take on obama and the DC elites... Lest he be called a redneck racist.


20 posted on 01/14/2011 4:46:16 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The EPA is a foreign enemy on our soil and is determined to break us.

They need to be defunded by the Republican congress. Blockade their funding and starve them out.


21 posted on 01/14/2011 4:50:58 AM PST by FreeAtlanta ($10 bucks and a nod, Mr. Obama, and this would all be cleared up.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
The EPA is a foreign enemy on our soil and is determined to break us.

The EPA is following orders. We need to get to the root of the problem.

22 posted on 01/14/2011 5:02:45 AM PST by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: mmanager
Thank you for the post and the information.

The left is shutting down mining in the U.S. along with shutting down our economy and crippling anything else that they can. As White House Science czar and grand lefty, poobah John Holdren tells it, “We can't expect to be number one in everything indefinitely,” and this: [Holdren is often called the science ‘czar’ for the vast swath of topics on which he is tasked to advise the president, including health care, the space program, bioethics, and more.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, his ideas for cooperation among nations in prior decades have included diverting large amounts of the U.S. Gross National Product (GNP) to countries in need of development aid.

In 1995, in accepting a Nobel prize on behalf of a large group of scientists, Holdren said investing about 10 to 20 percent of the GNP of developed countries in less developed ones was vital to a world of “durable security.”

Pointing to the conclusions of geochemist Harrison Brown in the 1950’s, Holdren said, “(T)he cooperative effort needed to create the basis for durable prosperity, and hence durable security, for all the world's people would require an investment equivalent to 10 to 20 percent of the rich countries' GNPs, sustained over several decades. In 1995, these figures do not seem far wrong, but they are said to be politically unrealistic: nothing approaching them has ever been seriously contemplated by the world's governments. Until this changes, a world free of war…will remain just a dream.”

Similarly, in his 1973 book “Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions,” he suggested “de-developing” the United States to benefit other, poorer nations.]

Holdren has infected NASA as well. The agency has turned "green," with the technical base being torn out by it's roots -- and science wags NASA.

23 posted on 01/14/2011 5:15:34 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The left has been trying to weaken our country for years. Now they are in a position of power to do so. What they don’t see is that when we are in a weakened state, another country with their best interests at heart will fill in the power void.


24 posted on 01/14/2011 5:18:44 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Texas resident

The new Congress better get educated REAL FAST and hold the door until 2012.


25 posted on 01/14/2011 5:40:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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