Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop Removal Video


 From the FAQ page at :

Mountaintop removal is a relatively new type of coal mining that began in Appalachia in the 1970s as an extension of conventional strip mining techniques. Primarily, mountaintop removal is occurring in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. Coal companies in Appalachia are increasingly using this method because it allows for almost complete recovery of coal seams while reducing the number of workers required to a fraction of what conventional methods require.

The US Environmental Protection Agency defines mountaintop removal as follows:

“Mountaintop removal/valley fill is a mining practice where the tops of mountains are removed, exposing the seams of coal. Mountaintop removal can involve removing 500 feet or more of the summit to get at buried seams of coal. The earth from the mountaintop is then dumped in the neighboring valleys.”

The sheer anti social pathology at the heart of the act of mountain top removal coal mining for profit leaves me stricken, speechless, stunned and saddened yet not all that amazed at what goes on under the black ops banner of business and the de-regulated marketplace.

Dogmatic conservatives would probably call it the Topographical Enhancement Protocol or some such asinine, painfully transparent doublespeak or “Newspeak” that appears to be one of the few lessons the hard right wing managed to learn from George Orwell.


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