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The skulk* gets larger as the number of hen house inhabitants is about to get smaller

”How can someone with his focus on defending the industry at all costs be the right choice for the federal agency in charge of overseeing that industry?”

The above quote is from Davie Ransdell who was a former supervisor at the Kentucky Division of Mine Permits. Ransdell is talking about J. Steven Gardner who the Trump administration just named to head the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. From Ken Ward, Jr. in this morning’s Charleston Gazette-Mail:

President . . .

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October 27, 2017

More foxes added to hen house guard duty

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From the Think Progress:

The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump has officially nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Until recently, Wheeler was a registered lobbyist for Murray Energy; he de-registered as a . . .

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October 06, 2017

Trump makes more appointments

Three more foxes for the hen house

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Earlier this month I highlighted Trump's appointment of a former coal company president whose company had a history of mine safety violations to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Rather than an isolated incident -- this decision appears to be a part of a deliberate policy. Here are some additional appointments I . . .

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September 22, 2017

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence

Mining execs to meet at Trump hotel where rooms will be $800+ a night

The headline from yesterday’s Intercept:

After Massive Giveaways To Industry, Mining Executives Will Spend Big at Trump's D.C. Hotel

The article explains:

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVES of some of the largest coal and mining companies in the country have chosen the Trump International Hotel in Washington, . . .

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September 15, 2017

Mountaintop removal update

It may not get many headlines but it still continues to do damage

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Background for a study

As explained by the New York Times:

Last year, West Virginia officials asked the Obama administration to look into the health effects of mountaintop mining, a technique used to extract underlying coal. . . .

The National Academies assembled a 12-member expert committee to assess “new . . .

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September 12, 2017

Trump puts former coal CEO with "pattern" of safety violations in charge of mine safety

Next up for Trump -- fox to be put in charge of henhouse

The announcement

From the Huffington Post:

The White House announced Saturday that Trump would be nominating David Zatezalo to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Zatezalo was previously the CEO of Rhino Resources, a Kentucky-based coal company.

Local coverage

Zatezalo grew up in . . .

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September 04, 2017

Cheerleading for Trump

So much for Murray Energy

Last week I wrote about Robert Murray and Murray Energy's attempt to get relief for coal fired power plants from the Trump administration. If you follow the coal industry, this was an important story. As the Associated Press reported:

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry . . .

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August 29, 2017

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