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John Barrasso

Obama and coal industry battle over mountaintop removal

WASHINGTON The Obama administration is imposing new measures designed to better protect streams from coal mining, a move the struggling industry calls a significant blow to jobs. The rule from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has taken five years to complete. During that time, resentment toward the president has grown from the mining industry and Republican lawmakers who accuse him of waging a constant "war on coal." At the same time there's increasing evidence of harm from mountaintop removal mining. That includes U.S. Geological Survey findings that Appalachian streams impacted by mountaintop mining have less than half as many fish species and about...