It is vital that we protect our surface and groundwaters. While it is impossible to prevent all spills resulting from mining activities, eliminating current protections to make it easier to mine our natural resources without consequence is unacceptable and unwise. Short term gains will mean nothing when we have no clean water in the long term.
This pollution and corruption of our environment is a tax on the American people. If the costs of repair and remediation were absorbed by the corporations instead of the tax payer then the profits wouldn't be enough to cover the expense of the operations in the first place. Repealing these regulations is a subsidization of the corporations by the American tax payer. This is unacceptable.
Protecting water quality is essential — damage to streams and rivers is all but impossible to correct later. Mitch McConnell is wrong when he says waterway protection is "an attack on coal families." Strong environmental regulations protect everyone, including coal families.