It looks like those evil outsiders are at it again.
Prodded by federal regulators, who last month issued a report critical of Kentucky's bonding levels for mining companies, the state Department for Natural Resources is working with the coal industry and environmentalists to update its method for calculating the amount of reclamation bonds. In the future, bonds will cost more, but how much more and under what circumstances remains the subject of negotiations.
State officials have agreed to submit a revised bond calculation method by April 1 to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining. Otherwise, OSM has advised, it will "take actions necessary to remedy the issue."
Will Steve Beshear, the Coal Industry and Brandon Smith defend our right to leave mining land unreclaimed?
Will Steve Beshear and the Coal Industry now sue the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources or the United States Office of Surface Mining or both?
Can they just add this to their suit against the Environmental Protection Agency?
Will Brandon Smith call for a Sanctuary protected from the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources?
Can’t they just get off Steve’s back?