What was that, Greg Stumbo and Rand Paul, about the magic of mountaintop removal and its ability to create zillions of acres of flat land that gets used for business?
But data obtained by The Associated Press indicates that just a small percentage of the leveled Appalachian mountain landscape has been transformed into new developments such as businesses, prisons, golf courses and subdivisions.
Business and political leaders in the two Appalachian states most dependent on coal have held up the developments as an economic necessity and a justification for blasting away mountaintops in the depressed region, where most well-paying jobs are connected to coal.
Of the more than 345,700 acres of mining lands in eastern Kentucky that have been approved for a specific post-mining purpose, just over 6,300 acres, or about 1.8 percent, have been designated for “commercial,” “industrial” or “residential” developments, according to data provided by the state Department of Natural Resources.
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Yes, we all knew Stumbo and crew were completely full of it. And during the 2007 gubernatorial campaign when Greg was Bruce Lunsford’s running mate, the entire campaign staff laughed at Greg’s hilarious assertion that mountaintop removal was awesome.