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Pine Fork Public Sample Letter

Pine Fork Public Sample Letter

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This is a sample version of the letter to write for public comments regarding the Pine Fork permit S-5035-08. If you do not have time to write your own personalized letter, please feel free to download this, sign it, and send it in. Must be received BEFORE November 26, 2010!!!
This is a sample version of the letter to write for public comments regarding the Pine Fork permit S-5035-08. If you do not have time to write your own personalized letter, please feel free to download this, sign it, and send it in. Must be received BEFORE November 26, 2010!!!

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 To: Permit SupervisorWV DEP Division of Mining and Reclamation1101 George Kostas Dr.Logan
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WV 25601In regards: Pine Fork Surface Mine Permit S503508Applicant: Aracoma Coal CompanyDear Sir or Madam,As a concerned citizen, I am writing this letter in regards to the Pine ForkSurface Mine permit application S-5035-08 submitted by Aracoma CoalCompany, and I request that it be inserted into the public comment record forthis permit. The Battle of Blair Mountain is a seminal event in United States history,fought in 1921 by coalminers attempting to unionize and a private army backedby anti-union coal operators. This event has been highly significant in theshaping of national affairs and consciousness throughout the 20
th
century. Oneexample is that in consequence of the battle the Federal Government reinstatedthe Posse Comitatus law that had been suspended during World War I. This lawstill regulates the use of federal forces within the United States, and was a majorelement in the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005. Another national impact isthat the scale of the insurrection shifted labor-management relations into themore cooperative framework that characterized the post WW2 boom era. At aregional level, for many Appalachians it is the most concrete example of agenerations-long struggle to achieve basic human and labor rights. Due to theBattle of Blair Mountain’s enormous significance to both national and regionalcultural heritage, it should be protected from any irreparable destruction.Granting the Pine Fork permit would negatively impact both the battlefieldand the surrounding viewshed area of the battlefield, both of which are affordedcertain protective processes due to the battlefield being eligible for the NationalRegister of Historic Places. In addition, the area has not had any archaeologicalinvestigations undertaken, and has a high potential for containing significantarchaeological resources. A full archaeological survey is needed to assess theextent of archaeological resources in the surface mine permit area.Another major concern is the cumulative affect that this mine will have inconjunction with previous, current, and not yet granted mine permits andapplications. All these permits should be taken into consideration when issuingthis permit, since the cumulative effects of all permits could result in severeimpacts to the battlefield, surrounding landscape, and ecosystem. Because thetopography is integral to understanding the combatant’s movements, it is anarchaeological feature in itself and should be protected.Due to the extraordinary significance of the battlefield and the irreparableharm this permit could have on the battlefield, I respectfully request that this

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