Civil Society Institute: Thumbs Down for Mountain Top Removal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2007
CONTACT: Civil Society Institute
Thumbs Down for Mountain Top Removal:
Survey to Show Public's Views About Coal Mining Rule Shift That Could Level 700 Mountains Over Next 10 Years
New Web Site Aims to Enlist 1000s of Citizen to Make Comments Before
Department of Interior/Office of Surface Mining
Comment Period Ends on
October 23, 2007
WASHINGTON - September 13 - What do Americans think
about the Bush Administration's proposed rule changes that would ease
environmental regulations so that the coal industry can step up "mountain
top removal" (MTR) coal mining, leveling up to 700 U.S. mountains and
nearby areas over the next decade?
A major new Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) survey to be released at
1:30 p.m. EDT on September 13, 2007 by the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil
Society Institute (CSI) will gauge public views about the new Bush
Administration plan. At the same time, CSI will launch a major new
Web-based campaign to encourage Americans to comment on the proposed
Department of Interior/Office of Surface Mining (OSM) rules and
simultaneously express their views to their elected members of Congress.
The OSM public comment period on the controversial rules expires on
October 23, 2007.
News event speakers will be:
-- Civil Society Institute President and Founder Pam Solo;
-- Opinion Research Corporation Senior Researcher Graham Hueber;
-- Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) Outreach Organizer Maria
-- Teri Blanton, member and former state chair of Kentuckians for the
Commonwealth, a 4,000-member citizen's organization that speaks out on
MTR coal mining and other issues of concern.
TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live, phone-based news conference
(with full, two-way Q&A) at 1:30 p.m. EDT on September 13, 2007 by dialing
1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the "mountain top removal coal mining survey"
CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of the news event will be
available on the Web at http://www.700Mountains.org as of 6 p.m. EDT on
September 13, 2007. The http://www.700Mountains.org Web site will not be
available for view until the time of the news event on September 13th.
The nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute
(http://www.CivilSocietyInstitute.org) is a Massachusetts-based think tank
that serves as a catalyst for change by creating problem-solving
interactions among people, and between communities, government and business
that can help to improve society. Since 2003, CSI has conducted more than
15 major national and state-level surveys on energy and global warming