Murray Applauds Repeal Of Stream Protection Rule
Pleased With Donald Trump’s Announcement
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The ownership, management and employees of Murray Energy Corp. are extremely pleased that President Donald J. Trump has signed the repeal of the Obama administration’s illegal and job killing so-called Stream Protection Rule, as recently passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
This rule banned the utilization of longwall and other mining system beneath dry ditches, which are often 1,000 feet below the surface, for no environmental benefit whatsoever, according to company leaders.
Robert E. Murray, company founder, chairman, president, and CEO, said, “President Trump has followed through on his promise to repeal this illegal and job-killing Stream Protection Rule, which was the single greatest threat to the jobs and family livelihoods of our employees that I have seen in my 60 years of coal mining experience.
“I applaud President Trump’s initiative and leadership in protecting these coal jobs and affordable electricity for all Americans.”
“This unlawful and destructive rule, as promulgated by the Obama administration, was nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to destroy our nation’s underground coal mines and put our nation’s coal miners out of work. Indeed, this rule was illegally taken from the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, in which Congress specifically said, at least three times, that the law applies only to surface coal mining. This repeal also will prevent years of litigation, where we would have ultimately prevailed in having this illegal rule overturned by the courts,” Murray added.
“… We would also like to thank U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, for his leadership in effectuating this repeal, as well as the support of many other members of Congress,” Murray continued.
“This repeal will protect underground coal mining, which is, by far, the most environmentally acceptable way of mining coal.”