Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Capito Reacts to Latest News on Two W.Va. Mine Permits

Congresswoman Expresses Cautious Optimism

WASHINGTON – Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va, released the following statement this afternoon in light of the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest announcement about the Hobet 45 mine in Lincoln County and the Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County:

“While today’s news regarding the Hobet mine is an important step forward, it is critical that all parties continue to seek long-term clarity in this process,” said Capito.

“This issue is not about one individual mine, but about laying a clear foundation on which all miners and mine operators can build upon as they navigate the complex federal bureaucracy. I hope today’s announcement can help lay that foundation and finally bring clarity to a process made difficult by a politically driven regulatory process.

“In this vein, I hope that today’s announcement regarding the Hobet mine will serve as a model for ongoing discussions regarding the Spruce mine and countless others across our state. We must have cooperation between state and federal officials to protect West Virginia jobs and strike an appropriate balance between environmental protection and economic development.”

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