Mountains of Coal

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about mountaintop mining in the USA. All mining has some impact, but the sheer destructiveness of this type of mining is astonishing – and that’s before you take into account the greenhouse impact of the coal.

This article in the New York Times details the potential impact of a similar project in West Virginia. The significance of this proposal is that there is the possibility it may be stopped, or seriously curtailed, by the Obama administration, which would be a signal of a positive shift on this issue.

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2 Comments

  1. I remember tel docos both on West Virginia and there have been reports, including on the ABC most recently, about this sort of mining , in the eastern states, as to health consequences for locales

  2. I think the funny part is the name of the project: Spruce 1.

    Does this mean there will be only one Spruce Tree left standing at the end of the project?

    Or do they plan to clean up when they’re finished?

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