Senate delays vote on mountaintop removal ban

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Senate has voted to delay for three weeks a vote on a proposal to halt mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee.

The decision came despite the objections of the bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Eric Stewart of Winchester, who called for a vote Monday evening.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said the delay is aimed at finding a compromise on the measure, and not an effort to kill the bill by holding it until relevant committees finish their business for the year.

The measure seeks to deny permits that would alter any ridgeline more than 2,000 above sea level. Stewart said he opposes a Republican amendment attached that would continue to permit current practices.


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  • by Willie Location: Dandridge on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    14 brave Senators chose to stand up and protect our mountains from the ravages of surface mining that has left 500 mountains in Appalachia looking like sterile mesas from out west somewhere. 19 Senators have taken the side of big coal and elected to allow coal to come in and level our mountains and haul out a little coal that will make them richer and leave a destroyed landscape in its wake. Please don't allow this to happen, don't allow big coal to destroy our mountains like they have in Kentucky and West Virginia. Don't allow them to fill another 2000 miles of streams. Don't allow them to pollute our water and cause the birth defect and cancer rates to double. Write, call, or occupy your Senator and Representatives space... TODAY.

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