Congressmen get aerial view of Kentucky mountaintop mining

HAZARD, KY —Two congressmen flew over dozens of mountaintop mining sites Friday and spoke with residents living deep in the central Appalachian coalfields, in what community activists said was a first for Eastern Kentucky

Reps. Ben Chandler of Kentucky and Norm Dicks of Washington, flew from Washington, D.C., to the Wendell H. Ford Airport in Hazard. They flew over several mining sites in West Virginia and Kentucky and a dozen more in Eastern Kentucky.

On board with them were representatives from the Office of Surface Mining, as well as from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a group that opposes mountaintop removal.

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