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Fossil fuel karma?

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A perhaps slightly ironic warning of the potential perils of the mining of coal on a massive scale.

ABANDONED MINE IMPERILS HOME OF EX-LEGISLATOR
Friend of coal becomes its victim

An abandoned coal mine is causing an Eastern Kentucky hillside to slide slowly onto the home of former state Rep. Howard Cornett, R-Whitesburg, who championed coal companies in the legislature.

The “continual flow” of water from the abandoned mine has saturated Cornett’s yard and the foundation of his home, according to Steve Hohmann, director of the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands. Parts of the hill are sliding down, putting the house at risk.

Long a defender of coal companies’ interests, Cornett lost his seat after he unsuccessfully pushed a bill to allow more overweight trucks on state roads, angering his constituents who considered such trucks dangerous. In fiery speeches, Cornett said his opponents wanted to destroy the coal industry.

Written by Luke Weston

October 15, 2008 at 6:45 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Oh deary me. Poor fellow. What a terrible shame.

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR!

    Finrod

    October 16, 2008 at 7:48 am


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