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Murray Energy sues the Obama Administration’s Office of Surface Mining

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Murray Energy Corp., the largest underground coal mining company in America, has stated it has sued the Obama Administration’s United States Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) for not responding to Murray Energy’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding OSMRE’s Stream Protection Rule.

This FOIA request was filed on 4 September 2015 and it asked for information that would help Murray Energy to draft its written comments regarding the rule. Therefore the company has taken action in response to this.

The company employs over 7000 Americans in six states and currently operates seventeen active underground coal mines in Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Utah. Robert E. Murray, Murray Energy’s the Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO commented: “The Obama Administration’s so-called Stream Protection Rule is the single greatest threat to the jobs and family livelihoods of our employees that I have seen in my 58 years of coal mining experience.”

Murray continued: “This rule bans underground coal mining by the longwall and other methods beneath dry ditches on the surface. In doing so, the Obama Administration – its radical bureaucrats and Democrat supporters – have, with this rule, yet again, acted illegally and with the deliberant intent to destroy our nation’s underground coal mines and put our nation’s coal miners out of work … They have completely ignored our requests for information regarding their clandestine actions, which is a clear violation of Federal laws and regulations, and we will hold them accountable for their unlawful actions.”

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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