"The 200 yards separating them might as well have been a thousand miles. The two camps put their deeply divided views on display as part of the latest chapter in the struggle over mountaintop mining in Kentucky," Estep writes. "The occasion was a hearing in Frankfort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on its objections to 36 permits for surface mines in Eastern Kentucky. The hearing started after the partisan events."
Two more hearings are scheduled tomorrow in Pikeville, Ky., in the heart of the Central Appalachian coalfield.