Al Gore Jr. received more than $500,000 in royalties from the owners of
zinc mines who held mineral leases on his farm near Carthage, Tenn. Now the
mines have a new owner and are scheduled to reopen later this year. Before the
mines closed in 2003, they emitted thousands of pounds of toxic substances and
several times, the water discharged from the mines into nearby rivers had levels
of toxins above what was legal. State environmental officials say the mine has
had a good environmental record and there is no evidence of unusual health
problems in the area. But the mine's reopening again raises concerns about
threats to the environment. Find out more about how Gore became connected to
mining, what's happened at the mines through the years and what the former vice
president is asking the new owners to do in the Sunday Tennessean and at www.tennessean.com.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Al Gore's Mining Profits
Al Gore loves the environment. He cherishes it. He wants to protect it. And he makes a lot of money from it according to THIS article in The Tennessean today. And it looks as if they will have further details tomorrow.