Mountaintop removal is an extremely destructive strip mining technique used in the Appalachia by coal industry. This method is devastating the pristine landscapes of the Appalachia. It is also destroying several communities that call this area home.
“Not since the glaciers pushed toward these ridgelines a million years ago have the Appalachian Mountains been as threatened as they are today.” Link.
“Today, mountaintop removal is booming again, and the practice of dumping mining debris into streambeds is explicitly protected, thanks to a small wording change to federal environmental regulations.” Link. Link.
“The waste rock—the remains of the mountains—is piled into neighboring hollows in towering earthen dams called valley fills. The largest fills can approach 800 feet in height and swallow more than a mile of streambed.” Link.
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