Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL), a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior, attended a hearing on the Department of the Interior's (DOI) recently proposed Stream Protection Rule, which would have significant negative effects on energy production. The original version of the rule, passed in 1979, created a buffer zone around year-round streams near mining operations. The new, more stringent rule would have significant negative economic effects. Estimates say it could cost up to 280,000 Americans their jobs.
"Coal Miners are not made-up stats, they are real people," Palmer said. "The DOI needs to come to Alabama and talk to some of the coal mining families, particularly the kids, who are facing the prospect of Christmas with no presents; or young people who are withdrawing from college. Instead, the Department of the Interior has frozen out states and industry in the rulemaking process."
You can watch Congressman Palmer's questions at the hearing below: