CHARLESTON (AP) — A longtime West Virginia activist is testifying before Congress about mountaintop removal coal mining.
Maria Gunnoe of Bob White is appearing Friday morning before a House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
She’ll talk about the battle over Arch Coal’s planned Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to appeal a federal court ruling that overturned its veto of a key water pollution permit for one of West Virginia’s largest mountaintop removal mines.
That appeal hadn’t been filed as of Thursday afternoon.
Also invited to testify are: Thomas Bostick of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; and Joseph Pizarchik of the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
The hearing will be streamed live online.