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Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) Statement on the Release of the Stream Protection Rule

December 19, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) released the following statement on the publication of the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule (SPR).

“The Office of Surface Mining released its devastating Stream Protection Rule this week as a final parting shot on the coal industry by President Obama. I can assure the people of West Virginia that I will work with President-Elect Trump and the new head of the Office of Surface Mining next year to make sure that the so-called “Stream Protection Rule” will not go into effect and further harm the coal industry,” said Rep Alex  X. Mooney.

The National Mining Association released a study on the projected job loss impact of the Stream Protection Rule on the economy across the country. It is estimated that over 5,000 jobs in Western mining states will be lost due to the SPR, over 5,000 jobs will be lost in interior states, and over 30,000 in Appalachia will be lost due to this new “Stream Protection Rule.”

Alex X. Mooney represents West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Budget and Natural Resources Committees.