helicopters http://wfpl.org en State Uses Helicopters to Watch Mines http://wfpl.org/post/state-uses-helicopters-watch-mines <p>State government inspectors have been using aerial surveillance to watch coal operators in central Appalachia.</p><p>Helicopter flights have cost The Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement more than $477,000 over the past four years, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.</p><p>News of the flyovers surprised mining industry leaders, including Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett, who protested the covert nature of the inspections and questioned their effectiveness.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:50:19 +0000 The Associated Press & Cameron Price 998 at http://wfpl.org