Posted by: Bob Payne | August 30, 2011

Big Coal “puts mining before water needs of Alabama”

Alabama state officials have approved a coal mine to be located 800 feet from a primary drinking water intake for Birmingham, the largest city in the state. The Alabama Environmental Management Commission Friday voted unanimously to approve a permit issued for the Shepherd Bend coal mine, a 1,773-acre strip mine. The Commission was ruling on a challenge to the permit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center, representing the nonprofit Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The environmental group claims that in granting the permit, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, ADEM, was not protective of water quality in the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River.

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