Perennial independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith has taken a stance against the surface coal mining method commonly called mountaintop removal.

The Associated Press reports that Galbraith says the practice has caused “unsurpassed environmental damage damage” in Appalachia and that it should not be allowed.

Galbraith is the only candidate for governor to speak out against mountaintop removal. The AP continues, “All others (Republicans David Williams and Phil Moffett, Democrat Steve Beshear) have called for the EPA to ease regulations that are hampering the procedure.”

Galbraith says his statement shouldn’t be taken as a condemnation of the coal industry or of coal miners. He has won the endorsement from the United Mine Workers of American union.

 

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