Speak Your Piece: Hard to Swallow

In both Appalachia and Ecuador, mineral extraction threatens the health and safety of native people. The question now is "can the people in harm's way work with the one potentially doing the harm to figure out solutions"?


EDITOR’S NOTE: This week the Interior Department proposed a new rule for stream protection to reduce the impact of coal mining on surface and groundwater. The proposed rule would protect about 6,500 miles of streams from mining damage, according to a press release.  The mining industry said the proposal was unnecessary and would “destroy coal-mining communities.”

Deborah Payne is health coordinator at the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.