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The Mountaintop-- Gone.
The Mountaintop– Gone.

“About 470 mountain tops in Appalachia, including the one next to Coal River, have been destroyed. Mountaintop removal mining is faster and cheaper than underground mining but its impact on the environment is much worse.

 

“Officials in the mining industry point out that after mountaintops are mined; they plant grass, trees and other vegetation — a process known as “reclamation.” But critics argue that it takes decades to replace the woodsy ecosystems that have been destroyed.

“Community activists from Coal River Mountain Watch believe there is an alternative: Mine coal underground and build a wind farm on the highest ridge which they estimate could power approximately 150,000 homes.”

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