Caught on Tape: Obama Administration Contractors Allegedly Fudge Figures of Job Losses to Coal Regulation


It is believed that Obama administration officials may have compelled government contractors to fudge figures of  job loss estimates relating to coal regulation.  Audio recordings disclose unnamed Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) officials asking contractors to alter their job loss calculations.  The figures that were allegedly modified are associated with the Stream Protection Rule.

It is estimated that as many as 7,000 coalminers could lose their jobs under the administration’s “preferred” regulation, according to a preliminary draft.  A leaked copy of this report went public, following which officials asked contractors to match up estimates to a model in which another regulation was enforced–instead of using the real world numbers.

According to the Washington Free Beacon: “The House Natural Resources Committee obtained the tapes from an unidentified third party after OSM provided heavily redacted transcripts—the exchange above, for example, was blacked out—and withheld the audio recordings.”

The administration has been castigated by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) for its refusal to cooperate with the investigation.  “The tapes validated many of our concerns that the administration went into this with an intent of devastating the coal industry, fully knowing that the provisions in the proposed rule would put 7,000 jobs at risk,” Johnson said. “And they wanted to get away with it by playing pretend.”

Washington Free Beacon reports:

“Contractors and officials acknowledged in the closed-door meetings that rewriting the rule would be “atomic” for small businesses and start-up coal operations and worried aloud that spending $200 million per year to protect only 15 miles of stream in high unemployment regions such as Appalachia would be a hard “sell.”

Since 1983, mining companies have conducted operations while maintaining a 100-foot barrier between their activities and streams.

The rule, known originally as the Stream Buffer Zone Rule, was never codified and has been loosely enforced. George W. Bush signed an official Stream Buffer Zone rule in 2008 that maintained the 100-foot restriction, but also included more exemptions for mining companies to conduct operations within the barrier.”

After Obama became president, he instructed OSM to rewrite the rule in order to pander to his environmentalist base.  The committee released the tapes last week and OSM officials have been given the deadline of May 24 to reply to a second subpoena from the committee.  “We’re going to keep marching down this path,” Department of the Interior spokesman Adam Fetcher said. “We’re not going to stop until we get a full accounting of why the administration has chosen to rewrite this rule and why they are going about it in a speedy, haphazard way.”

So far, the OSM has been fully cooperative with the committee, Fletcher said.  The OSM has provided the committee with over 13,000 pages of documents which detail the history of the rule.

Stream Protection Overview

Recent History of the Rule

-Candice Lanier

  • Trip

    This is crap. Go back and watch Obama’s campaign speaches. He stressed clean coal energy and removing dependency on foreign oil. Research the amount of government money received by these companies to adhere to tightening EPA regulations. Some had record profits and still closed their plants and mines. They did this rather than use the welfare received by the goverment to modernize their outdated equipment. If you are going to report something, try to be just a little neutral and report EVERYTHING. You go much further telling the truth. If you don’t, it just proves you have an agenda. The only thing inconsistent is exluding the entirety…which is essentially, lying.

    • Holly S

      Obama said various things in different speeches but he was caught on-tape disparaging the utility industry’s use of (even) clean coal and went into office with an intention of bankrupting the coal companies as well (nearly all of which have had their stock share prices HAMMERED). And trying to claim otherwise when his words and his policies clearly say otherwise is just naive. Obama has no love for the coal industry, period. And the government money you mention doesn’t come even close to covering the cost of retrofitting plants and if the companies cannot get the rate increases necessary to cover other costs, then they shut down those plants. Not all plants can even be retrofitted and the EPA is essentially forcing those closures. And “record profits”? In the energy sector, yes. But break that sector down and you will see the greatest profits come from oil and gas, not coal. To that end…I’d say YOU have a political agenda as well.

  • Dennis Narcisi

    big surprise the great deciever liar caught in another one…evil lives…

  • Lauren Hussain

    no shock here, but still despicable.

  • Mike Jones

    Go figure

  • Truth about the TEA Party

    The Obama Administration caught in a Lie? Say it isn’t so.

  • Truth about the TEA Party

    The Obama Administration caught in a Lie? Say it isn’t so.

  • Steve Hill

    ya know what i like about Pelosi——not a fu–ing thing

  • Valeri Berg

    Oh my my my – NOW – why isn’t Congress convening impeachment hearings? I understand the concept of it being too close to the next election, but at least if impeachment proceedings were started, it would guarantee BHO is a 1 term president and we can send him back to Chicagoland or Kenya where he belongs

  • Andy Collier

    To yet again paraphrase Forrest Gump: Corruption is as Corruption does.

  • Tom Conde

    Why not? Holder lies to Congress. On tape. And when caught continues to talk partyline without missing a beat.

  • Elizabeth ForConstitution

    dept of labor does too, and makes press releases out of it

  • Don Sterling

    If nothing else ensure Obama is not on any ballot anywhere!

  • Alan Paris

    May 22, 2012

    Office of the Secretary of State
    New Mexico State Capitol
    325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
    Santa Fe, NM 87501

    Dear Mr. Secretary

    I writing about a concern I have about possible election fraud in the coming Presidential election. It is my sincere belief that Barrack Hussien Obama is not eligible to be placed on the ballet for the election coming in November of 2012.
    I reference:
    1.The US Constitution, Article II, Section I,
    “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
    2. U.S. Supreme Court, Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 21 Wall. 162 162 (1874), Minor v. Happersett,

    88 U.S. (21 Wall.) 162

    Page 88 U. S. 167
    “The Constitution does not in words say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their” (continued)
    Page 88 U. S. 168
    “… parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first. For the purposes of this case, it is not necessary to solve these doubts. It is sufficient for everything we have now to consider that all children born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction are themselves citizens. The words “all children” are certainly as comprehensive, when used in this connection, as “all persons,” and if females are included in the last, they must be in the first. That they are included in the last is not denied. In fact, the whole argument of the plaintiffs proceeds upon that idea.”
    As can be seen clearly within the Constitution of the United States of America to be eligible to be a candidate for the Office of the President of the United States of American that person must be a Natural Born Citizen.
    As can be clearly seen in the Supreme Court decision of 184 the definition of what natural born citizen means is clearly stated. “, … it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners.”
    I am therefore compelled to make a complaint based upon the above listed references that were Barrack Hussien Obama be placed on the ballet in the State of New Mexico that an elections fraud would have been committed.
    I make this complaint now before the official ballets are printed in the hope of preventing what would amount to be the largest fraud in election history upon the citizens of the State of New Mexico and the country of the United States of America, that being placing Barrack Hussien Obama, not a natural born citizen, would violate election law.
    Thank you for making consideration of this complaint, a complaint I make with all due sincerity and belief that I am doing the right and lawful thing. I ask that you take and act upon this complaint with all due diligence and gravity that it deserves for our citizens.
    Alan W. Paris
    USN (Retired)

  • Marti Hall

    lies, lies, and more lies. it will be a century to uncover all the corruption and lies of this administration.

  • Lynnette Whitney

    Big big surprise! Wait!!! It’s to be expected!!!!!

  • Kathy Kelley Merrill


  • Axel Anderson

    Karl Marx always said that lies were acceptable as long as they were effective in promoting communism. Any wonder why the Obama administration is so comfortable with their deception and distortion?

  • Joe Bradley

    GOD save us from the nightmare communist rein of mr o

  • EJ Reynolds

    IF true, does this manipulation surprise anyone????? Chicago politics at work, the dirtier the more common practice.

  • EJ Reynolds


  • Holly Stowe

    Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to the actions of this administration. Nothing.

  • Resharin Posts

    Light Squared testimony re-visited?

  • Sheila Farris Branham

    Duh, do ya think?!!!!!!!

  • Wes Tipton

    NO, really?

  • David Simonds

    what the 750 Millionth “little white lie”???

  • Stephen Campbell

    Yeah; Just like The Media does with the Popularity Polls ~~ LIES!