Coal companies fight bill to ban mountaintop strip mining

March 3, 2008 at 1:28 am 2 comments

March 2, 2008

Coal companies fight bill to ban mountaintop strip mining
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008803020380
By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

A proposal to ban most mountaintop removal mining and to toughen other environmental standards for the coal industry in Tennessee is running into stiff opposition from state coal producers.

National Coal Corp. President Dan Roling told the state Senate Environment and Conservation Committee last week that passing the measure would have dire effects on the industry in the state.

“Prohibiting mining above 2,000 feet elevation in the case of National Coal alone would basically force us — or almost force us — to close our doors,” Roling told the committee.

Roling said about 28 million tons of the company’s coal reserves worth about $700 million would be affected by the measure.

Knoxville-based National Coal currently produces about 1.4 million tons of coal a year, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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  • 1. tmj99  |  October 12, 2009 at 7:27 pm

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  • 2. tmj99  |  October 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm

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