Leveling Appalachia

Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining by : Yale Environment 360.

Mountaintop removal is a terribly destructive practice, and is completely unacceptable. According to Yale 360, “During the last two decades, mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia has destroyed or severely damaged more than a million acres of forest and buried nearly 2,000 miles of streams.” What is stream burying? “When mountaintop mining occurs the waste rock, rubble, dirt and other debris that results from blasting gets push off the cleared ridge-top and unceremoniously dumped down the mountainside. Not only does the hyrdology change due to the drastic topographic and vegetative alterations of the landscape, but the streams flowing down the mountainsides and through the valleys below disappear. Burying waterways under tons of mining waste — otherwise known as a ‘valley fill’ — simply obliterates them” (Perks, Natural Resources Defense Council). Is this REALLY how you want our TROUT STREAMS to be TREATED?

By Austin Green

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