Stream Buffer Zone Rule another attack on coal
In a September 26 field hearing, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard testimony that detailed how the Office of Surface Mining, Enforcement and Regulation’s (OSM) drastic rewrite of the Steam Buffer Zone Rule amounts to one more Washington-based attack on the coal industry. The changes to the rule will cost thousands of jobs and increase energy prices throughout the Appalachian region.
By the Obama Administration’s own estimates, the rewritten rule could cost up to 7,000 coal-mining jobs, or 10% of the jobs in the industry.
“Continuing to work on a rule that will knowingly eliminate thousands of jobs and will result in 29,000 people living below the poverty level is inexcusable policy,” said Chairman Lamborn. “It is our job as lawmakers to institute policies that will create jobs and make lives better for Americans–instead, this Administration is pursuing a rule that will do exactly the opposite.”
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