Capozzola: Obama Issues Last-Minute Rule, Wants to Finish Off U.S. Coal Industry

In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, a haul truck with a 250-ton capacity carries coal from the Spring Creek strip mine near Decker, Mont.
The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) is out with a broad new “stream rule” that could potentially designate as much as two-thirds of U.S. coal reserves off-limits to mining. In fact, a study of the rule suggests that at least one-third of America’s remaining coal jobs could be put at risk due to the restrictive nature of the rule.