Press Release from Mike McWherter for Governor; Oct. 1, 2010:
NASHVILLE – Today, the state of Tennessee filed a Lands Unsuitable for Mining petition with the U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Surface Mining.
In an effort to preserve wilderness lands currently used by hunters, fishermen, and outdoorsmen, Governor Bredesen signed the petition requesting that approximately 67,000 acres of ridgetop in the North Cumberland Plateau be considered unsuitable for coal surface mining.
The ridgelines covered in the petition, which span Anderson, Scott, Morgan and Campbell counties, include about 40 percent of the total North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and Emory River Conservation Easement Tract.
Mike McWherter, Jackson businessman and Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, praised the decision made by Governor Bredesen and issued the following statement in support of the move:
The North Cumberland Plateau is an ecologically diverse, beautiful part of our state that attracts thousands of tourists. Sportsmen and outdoorsmen have enjoyed its natural beauty for years, and I think Governor Bredesen has done the right thing by making sure mountaintop removal mining does not scar the landscape forever.
About Mike McWherter
Mike McWherter, the only candidate in the race who is not a career politician, is a successful small business owner in West Tennessee. A native of Northwest Tennessee, he now lives in Jackson with his wife Mary Jane and their children Walker and Bess. The McWherter for Governor campaign can be found online at www.mikemcwherter.com.