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(Studio) Senator opens hearings into federal strip mining legislation West Virginia Representative Ken Heckler calls for total ban on strip mining.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Sheridan, Wyoming) In N.E. Wyoming is much coal. Ranchers own land, but mineral rights bought or leased from government by miners. If miner wants, can begin strip mining. [Rancher Edward SYMONS - says strip mining could ruin his ranch.] Symons and others trying to get state legislature to give ranchers right to deny permission for miners to go to work unless satisfied mining won't ruin land. [Mining Association lobbyist Bill BUDD - says mineral rights take priority over surface rights.] Most Wyoming mineral rights sold or leased before strip mining discovered.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman
- Smith, Howard K.;
- Zimmerman, Bill
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