U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and Rep. Doug Lamborn, subcommittee chair of Energy and Natural Resources, sent a strongly-worded letter to Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior seeking answers in the committee’s year-long effort to gather information as to the President Obama administration’s rewrite of the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone Rule.

According to a contractor who prepared the draft Environmental Impact Study for the administration, the rule changes could cost about 7,000 coal mining jobs. Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association suggested that the Environmental Protection Agency’s “not going through the Administrative Procedures Act,” in this issue.

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