W.Va. met coal mine closed in 1985 to reopen* - News - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -
Another Virginia mine to reopen will add more jobs.
United Coal President and Chief Executive Michael Zervos said the reopening of the Affinity mine near Sophia in Raleigh County would create 254 mining jobs, and as many as 1,300 spinoff jobs. The company plans to spend $115 million to rehabilitate the former Eastern Associated Coal mine.
It's one of two projects United Coal plans for West Virginia. The Register-Herald reports that United Coal plans to open a similar sized mine in Randolph County in 2013. That operation is expected to employ up to 300 miners.
Lose some, win some.
EPA’s decision to stop mining waste discharges to high quality streams at the Spruce No. 1 mine was based on several major environmental and water quality concerns. The proposed mine project would have:
· Disposed of 110 million cubic yards of coal mine waste into streams.
· Buried more than six miles of high-quality streams in Logan County, West Virginia with millions of tons of mining waste from the dynamiting of more than 2,200 acres of mountains and forestlands.
· Buried more than 35,000 feet of high-quality streams under mining waste, which will eliminate all fish, small invertebrates, salamanders, and other wildlife that live in them.
· Polluted downstream waters as a result of burying these streams, which will lead to unhealthy levels of salinity and toxic levels of selenium that turn fresh water into salty water. The resulting waste that then fills valleys and streams can significantly compromise water quality, often causing permanent damage to ecosystems and streams.
· Caused downstream watershed degradation that will kill wildlife, impact birdlife, reduce habitat value, and increase susceptibility to toxic algal blooms.
· Inadequately mitigated for the mine’s environmental impacts by not replacing streams being buried, and attempting to use stormwater ditches as compensation for natural stream losses.
Great job EPA.
Last edited by Dirty Harry; 01-22-11 at 10:49 AM.
If you are right about the lack of incentive for the class of job creators in America, then let them create jobs in other countries.
You cannot mine coal in China. That is something that the Chinese people already do for themselves. Which, by the way, will account for all of the technologies that American companies are currently teaching to the Chinese. Every American manufacturing company in China will eventually be put out of business by their workers of today.
I like your use of the word "class" for the aforementioned group. This is still the land of opportunity. The opportunity to kick a whole class to the curb is alive and well. Went belly up in China? Sorry, we're not accepting foreign companies at this time.
We'll all be able to become billionaires selling bottled water to China in the near future. Unless it's poisonous.
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