They were correct
There have been several articles recently about the expensive Acid Mine Drainage clean up project to be done in the Cooks Run Watershed in Clinton County as part of a $30 million, tax-funded restoration project. It would be interesting to learn the background of the cause of the pollution as, when employed by the DEP, this biological desert was always referred to as an example of how the real world works. We were always told that this mine was operated under a permit that had been recommended for denial by all staff who reviewed the mining application. But staff recommendations were ignored and executives in Harrisburg issued the permit anyway, justifying the action by saying that if pollution occurred, it would be cleaned up using future government money. Guess they were right.