Well,where to start is mind numbing. Red River Coal provides safe, quality employment and benefits for numerous families in Southwest Virginia and Easten Kentucky. They adhere to all state and federal mining/reclamation laws. They provide coal for power plants,steel manufacturers,and apparently UNC for heat I would assume.So if you are against electricity and heat/ac, I would ask you to turn off your main breaker at your home and offices.Maybe you prefer nuclear plants like the one in Fukushima Daiichi,Japan or Chernobyl. I do not claim to be an expert on the subject,but I think I would prefer some dust and smoke over radiation. I have never heard of a coal fired power plant meltdown,where the employee's and area residents are cooked from the inside out. Not to mention the effects the radiation has on the environment/landscape and the people for generations unknown or untold. I am a native of NC,but now reside in Wise county Virginia,where I work or used to work at a surface mine. I think the Sierra Club should go to NC cities and clean up the drugs and violence before they worry themselves with UNC burning coal from surface mines. They should go to the coast and test the water there,I assure you our streams are much cleaner. We do use explosives to break up small blocks of rock at a time,with limited dust and nothing entering the streams. You can compare surface mines to rock quarries,which are located all over the country ,but theres no war against gravel. We do not explode entire mountain tops,with devastation to everything in the surrounding area as some uninformed or misleading people & politicians would have you believe.Approx 1,200 families are without employment this week in our area, due to many factors such as EPA regulations on power plants with the most up to date clean coal technologies in place,but still do not meet requirements according to the EPA. I know we have to have regulations to protect the environment,of which is thriving in our area with an abundance of wildlife and fish in the streams. I can look in the obituaries of the local paper any day of the week and people here are living into their 80's 90's and some over 100 years old. My wifes great aunt just turned 89 recently,and lived her entire life around coal camps,railroads,and a coal fired power plant .She goes out daily for shopping,lunch,and attends church every Sunday,so I do not think living in the coalfields has shortened or hindered her enjoyment or quality of life. Without the coal mining in our area,thousands of families will be without work and medical care. Then you have the thousands of families that will be negatively impacted by the miners being unemployed,with the trickle down effect. People/Politicians do not understand or do not care that there is no industry here other than coal for residents to work at and provide for their families. Maybe that is the plan in this country,to stop capitalism "Free Enterprise" and ring in Socialism. We are almost to the point where we produce nothing in this country,and rely on the government for every aspect of our(Your) lives. When they succeed in breaking this countries back,we will be living as our third world neighbors. With all that is wrong in this country,one would think people would have more pressing issues to deal with besides bankrupting COAL. Dont you think it odd that we pay through the nose for foreign oil when we have our own resources in oil,gas and coal. The politicians in the click must not own stock in coal. Politicians fleecing America. Past Time to Wake- UP America. Sincerely, K13C
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