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The Land of Mountaintop Removal
 
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Over five hundred mountains in West Virginia have been destroyed because of new mining techniques used by coal companies in the Appalachians. From: AERIAL AMERICA: West Virginia http://bit.ly/1lEvUuh
Views: 96627 Smithsonian Channel
Blowing Up Mountains: Destroying the Environment for Coal
 
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Massive corporations are blowing up mountains and creating environmental ruins in West Virginia. All this devastation, just to extract some coal. We went to West Virginia to investigate mountain-top removal -- which a way of extracting coal from deposits under mountains. Instead of drilling into the mountain and sending men underground to take out the coal in the traditional way, they just take the whole top of a mountain off. Hosted by Derrick Beckles | Originally aired on http://VICE.com in 2009 Watch more VICE documentaries here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Presents Subscribe for videos that are actually good: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/vice/videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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Coal Mining's Environmental Impact | From The Ashes
 
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In Appalachia, coal companies blow the tops off of mountains to get at the coal. The damage this does to the surrounding environment and water supply is devastating. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About From The Ashes: From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be in the current political climate. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Coal Mining's Environmental Impact | From The Ashes https://youtu.be/ynN39sfqT8w National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
Views: 62244 National Geographic
UBS Funds Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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UBS, a Swiss owned wealth management company, is the 3rd largest funder and supporter of companies that engage in the harmful extractive process known as mountaintop removal coal mining. We demand UBS change its official policy and stop funding companies that engage in MTR. Until then, we urge companies and individuals to divest from UBS and demonstrate your love for the mountains, water, air, culture and people of Southern Appalachia. What is mountaintop removal? http://mountainjustice.org/facts/steps.php What are the health effects? http://ilovemountains.org/the-human-cost GET INVOLVED! http://ubscampaign.wordpress.com
Views: 345 Pardo75
Mountaintop Removal Mining, Charleston, WV
 
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This video clip highlights the destructive process of strip mining of Appalachian mountains near Charleston, WV. Once mountains are blasted with dynamite to access the coal, they are destroyed forever. These mountain ranges are among the oldest geological formations that exist on our planet (480 million years old) and are one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. But there's more. Mountaintop mining removal not only destroys the mountains, but also the lives of the people who live there. Residents next to these operations live with destroyed habitat and noise. Coal dust from blasting and coal processing operations and contaminated water from valley fills and coal slurry injections into the ground causes respiratory disease, kidney and gall bladder failure, and cancer. They live with constant fear that a coal slurry impoundment might break, causing death and destruction on a massive scale. The flyover was provided by SouthWings (www.southwings.org) and depicts Kayford Mountain, a 1,200-acre mountaintop removal mine operation; Marsh Fork Elementary School, located just 150 feet from a coal loading silo and 400 yards from a 2.8 billion gallon toxic waste impoundment; and the town of Sylvester, a community whose health and property has been adversely affected by pervasive black coal dust from an adjacent mountaintop removal mining operation. Aerial footage was taken during an Eco-Justice Collaborative June, 2009 delegation to Charleston, WV. Visit www.ecojusticecollaborative.org for more information.
Views: 11637 Pamela J. Richart
Reclamation - Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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A former mountaintop removal coal mine site in eastern Kentucky - reclaimed with grass and lespedeza and a few trees.
Views: 761 mountainjustice
coal mine roof fall afrter pillaring
 
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this is what happens after the pillars have been removed. A normal day at work for a coal miner .
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The Cost of Coal: West Virginia (extraction)
 
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http://www.sierraclub.org/costofcoal Award-winning photojournalist Ami Vitale traveled with SIERRA magazine to West Virginia. Mountaintop-removal mines in Appalachia have demolished an estimated 1.4 million acres of forested hills, buried an estimated 2,000 miles of streams, poisoned drinking water, and wiped whole towns from the map. SIERRA asked people to describe how the world's dirtiest energy source has disrupted their lives—and what they're doing to stop it. - Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to address climate disruption by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy. Visit us here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/sierraclub Instagram: https://instagram.com/sierraclub
Views: 2698 NationalSierraClub
Mountaintop removal in Kentucky
 
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With Republican presidential candidates eager to reduce environmental regulations and increase domestic energy production the Telegraph goes to Eastern Kentucky to investigate one of the most controversial energy production processes, mountain-top removal. Video by Alastair Good http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/alastair-good/
Views: 2709 The Telegraph
Mountaintop Removal and Mississippi - What's the Connection?
 
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Mississipi is a long way from the Central Appalachian mountains that are being destroyed for coal - but the IS a connection. Check out this video from iLoveMountains.org that shows the connection between mountaintop removal and Mississippi
Views: 5660 AppalachianVoices
The Story of Mt Kablooie:  The process of Mountain Top Removal
 
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This is a short educational and satirical look in to the methods of coal companies and how they ravage the landscape of Appalachia for cheap energy.
Views: 563 quarlesr123
Elias Bailey in Before the Mountain Was Moved documentary (1969) - surface coal mining in WV
 
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This is a composite of five clips (4 less than being each less than a minute and one clip being 8:30 minutes) of Elias Bailey and others portraying themselves in the documentary Before the Mountain Was Moved (1969, 60 minutes) -- the complete film is shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lferrcK4cwQ The documentary explores the coal mining industry and the local's attempts to pass state legislation to conserve the environment -- The citizens of Raleigh County, West Virginia watch as strip mining destroys the forest they've always called home. It is a land dominated by heritage, history and a simple way of living that has not seen much change in the past century. The people who live around the mining activities are not eager to see their homes, their way of living, their heritage, disappear through greed and questionable mining processes. === Mountain Top Removal coal mining - A bargin with the devil (2006) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKw4CM_aBmc === This is an from "Edwight, Near the Mouth of Hazy" by community historian Rick Bradford. The book chronicles the trajectory of a town in West Virginia's Coal River Valley.] http://seamsandstory.wordpress.com/20... (Excerpts) Shumates Branch is currently under water and coal sludge. Bailey Mountain ceases to exist, as Massey Energy's massive mountaintop removal strip mining has torn the mountain asunder. In November 1952, Virgil Adams augered into No.1's water—water under such pressure that it stripped the whole hillside of soil and vegetation as it surged down to the creek. In late March 1980, in a repeat performance, the old Hazy mine "blew out" with water pouring from the opening at the rate of 300 cubic feet per second taking out part of the road. John F. Kennedy, while campaigning in Welch in 1960, said: "Unless the next administration deals with the question of what to do with men when machines have thrown them out of work...what has happened here in West Virginia is going to happen all across the country." === COAL SURFACE MINING AND RECLAMATION: An Environmental and Economic Assessment of Alternatives COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS UNITED STATES SENATE 93RD CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION MARCH 1973 Serial No. 93-8 (92-43) http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/1973-senate-report ==== ENFORCEMENT OF STRIP MINING LAWS (1975) Center for Science in the Public Interest 1779 Church Street, Northwest Washington, D.C. 20036 http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/cspi-enforcement-of-strip-mining-laws-1975
Views: 1311 rhmooney3
The Last Mountain
 
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In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal. The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal. The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain's top off to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states. Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, Big Coal corporations repeat the process daily in the name of profit. Massive profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than 40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner's best friend. As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal's control over our future. This fact and a belief that America was founded on the democratic principal that no individual or corporation owns the air and water and we all share the responsibility of protecting it, drives these patriotic citizens and their supporters from outside of Appalachia, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting.A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans when they fight for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on America's energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all. Written, directed and produced by Bill Haney, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder and president of the eco-housing start-up, Blu Homes, THE LAST MOUNTAIN was co-written and edited by Peter Rhodes and produced by Clara Bingham and Eric Grunebaum. Narrated by William Sadler, the film features original music by composer Claudio Ragazzi and includes the song "Your Control" by Crooked Fingers and Neko Case. Category:
Views: 426618 TheDisinfector2
How is coal mined? - What is Surface Mining and Underground Mining - Video
 
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How is coal mined? Read Full Story: http://www.spoonfeeding.in/2013/02/how-is-coal-mined-what-is-surface.html Mining is the process of removing coal from the ground. There are two types of mining: underground mining and surface mining. When the coal seam is fewer than 125 feet under the surface, it is mined by surface mining. Coal that is deeper than 125 feet is removed from the ground by underground mining. Underground mining is used when the coal seam lies deep in the earth. In an underground mine only some of the coal is removed. The coal that remains helps support the mine roof. Underground mines look like a system of tunnels. The tunnels are used for traveling throughout the mine, moving coal from place to place and allowing air to circulate in the mine. The coal that is mined is put on conveyor belts. The conveyor belts take the coal to the surface. There are three types of underground mines: slope, drift, and shaft. When the coal seam is close to the surface but too deep to use surface mining, a slope mine can be built. In a slope mine a tunnel slants down from the surface to the coal seam. A drift mine is built when the coal seam lies in the side of a hill or mountain. Drift mines may also be built in a surface mine that has become too deep. There are many drift mines in the eastern United States. The most common type of mine in Illinois is the shaft mine. These mines may be 125 to 1,000 feet deep. A large hole, or shaft, is drilled down into the ground until it reaches the coal seam.
Views: 112853 Spoon Feeding
Reclamation in Mining
 
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See how DMME works with mining companies to ensure the land and the environment are returned to what they were, or better, before mining began. This video was produced on an Alpha Natural Resource's former coal surface mine site that has been recognized nationally for reclamation.
Views: 10644 VA DMME
Wells Fargo:Lootin and Pollutin in Coal Country
 
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Wells Fargo bank is funding coal companies that use a destructive resource extraction process known as mountaintop removal. Using dangerous explosives, coal companies are blasting the Appalachian Mountains apart, one coal seam at a time. Its 'cheaper' for the coal companies to employee five men, explosives and giant machines and use mountaintop removal mining than it is to use traditional underground mining practices which can take five hundred men and much more time. The motivation here is quick, greedy profit. It is clear that mountaintop removal is not beneficial for the environment and surrounding communities. With an increasing demand for cheap energy, we need to tell our banks to invest our money into renewable energy projects. Contact Wells Fargo today and tell them to commit to social and environmental sustainability TODAY!! go to this link... http://ga3.org/campaign/wells_fargo_call_day For more information on Wells Fargo's dirty investments visit www.dirtymoney.org and www.ran.org
Views: 14832 Todd Whitaker
Mountaintop Removal Movie from iLoveMountains org
 
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There are 653 Coal Slurrys today and no one seems to be talking about it. Mountain Top Removal of the coal companies for burning coal for electricity is killing the Appalachian Mountains of the Eastern United States. Will this madness cease?
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Coal Mining in Appalachia
 
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This video is about Coal Mining via Mountain Top Removal. Appalachian Coal Mining See how coal is mined in the Appalachian Mountains via Mountain Top Removal. This 30 minute video takes you inside a giant dragline and tells the whole story from blasting the rock to transporting the coal by rail. See Elk enjoying the reclaimed land. I started this project in 2002.
Views: 246313 Gary Smith
Coal Mining
 
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Join Rick Crosslin host of Indiana Expeditions as he travels to Solar Sources, INC to investigate the coal mining process from digging through multiple layers of rock for coal to land reclamation once the coal has been extracted from the earth. For lesson plans and more information go to http://www.indianaexpeditions.org Lesson also available at https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3sPhhUw8n82cnc0TlExbGdMY0U&usp=sharing&tid=0B3sPhhUw8n82a0p5U0c1UmlZZUk
Views: 2512 Rick Crosslin
Unplugging MTR -- Mountain Top Removal coal mining in Southern Appalachia
 
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Turning words into actions: Rebelling against electriciy suppliers that consume the largest qualities of coal mined by mountaintop removal methods, such as Duke Energy, Specifically, the organized switching-off of homes in select communities during periods of time (hours) on certain days. North Carolina electric industry: http://www.ncuc.net/industries/electric/electric.htm I don't like knocking the mountains down in West Virginia to make coal says Ted Turner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4HGDzkkNP8 --- COMMENT: The Masters of Coal in the U.S. are now the electricity utilities, not the mining companies. Until several years ago, coal mining companies could sell more than they could produced. Now -- like never before -- there's ability to produce more coal than is needed. This has resulted in the U.S. electrical utilities becoming the masters of coal -- controlling which coalfields get mined and by which companies. --- 10/28/2010 - http://www2.mountaintimes.com/entertainment_focus/Trees_On_Fire_id_002433 (Excerpts) Currently, [coal] strip mining is not permitted in North Carolina. Appalachian Voices says it's still something North Carolina needs to be concerned about. Why? Because North Carolinians use the coal. "We're estimating 25 percent of the generation that we have is coming from mountaintop removed coal supply," Duke spokesman Erin Culbert said. "And almost all of our boilers are designed to use central Appalachian coal," Culbert said. MCR is a cheaper practice than traditional mining. While BREMCO and Duke are active in energy conservation education and promotion of alternative energies, the spokespersons don't anticipate MCR to go away anytime soon. --- 6/12/2010 - Duke rethinking options on use of mountaintop coal http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/06/12/1495016/duke-rethinking-options-on-use.html (Excerpts) Duke Energy made an unusual request of its coal suppliers last month: Quote the price of coal mined without blasting Appalachian mountaintops. With that, the nation's third-largest utility in power sales hinted that it might cut ties to the environmentally destructive and politically explosive practice. Mountaintop-removal mining, or MTR, opens coal seams by removing the earth over them, and dumps the rock and dirt into valleys below. About 25 percent of coal in the central Appalachians, where most of North Carolina's fuel comes from, is mined that way. "We see mountaintop-removal coal as nonsustainable coal," said senior vice president Paul Newton, whose duties include overseeing fuel purchases. Duke's request of suppliers, a first for the company, will reveal price differences between coal mined by mountaintop removal and non-MTR coal - and its availability. Coal from different types of mines is often blended together. Some environmentalists suspect Duke is trying to buff its public image and has no real intention of banning mountaintop coal from its fuel mix. Duke burned 14 million tons of coal in its eight Carolinas coal-fired power plants last year, a lower figure than usual as electricity sales slumped during the recession. It typically uses about 45 million tons a year at its plants in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. --- 6/7/2010 - http://blogs.newsobserver.com/business/duke-energy-questions-blasting-mountaintops-for-coal (Excerpts) Duke and Raleigh-based Progress Energy get nearly all their coal from Appalachian coal mines. About half the coal -- some 15 million tons a year -- comes from MTR with the rest comes from underground mines. North Carolina is one of the nation's top users of mountaintop coal --. about half of its electricity si from coal-burning power plants with about half that coal mined by MTR . Nationwide, about 6.5 percent of the total coal output depends on blasting off mountaintops. === Margaret A. Palmer - http://www.palmerlab.umd.edu/ http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/261997/january-18-2010/coal-comfort---margaret-palmer http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122297492 http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View&FileStore_id=66fea6d0-9bce-4a9b-be47-aa264a471a89 === This clip is from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_G-3aa4r_Q Maria Gunnoe, a native of Bob White, WV - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfB0pBiJNgs This was done by Meredith Danluck, producer of Toxic West Virginia - http://www.vbs.tv/watch/toxic/west-virginia Penn State plans to spend $25 million to $35 million to convert its coal-fired steam plant to natural gas in a move university officials say will reduce carbon emissions. (More) http://tribune-democrat.com/local/x233968687/Penn-State-trustees-approve-converting-coal-fired-plant-to-gas
Views: 621 rhmooney3
What is mountaintop removal mining?
 
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Mountaintop removal mining is a version of strip mining where the whole mountain is removed to get at the layers or seams of coal or other resources underneath. However this method of mining is controversial due to the environmental damage and hazards that result.
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Bo Webb of Coal River, WV and Appalachia Rising
 
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A native son (1948 - ) returned to protect his heritage from being further destroyed by a coal mining process called Mountain Top Removal. 2010 Ecore Award Winner - http://www.encore.org/bo-webb Appalachia Rising - Mobilize to End Mountaintop Removal http://appalachiarising.org/ http://twitter.com/App_Rising http://www.youtube.com/user/AppalachiaRising http://www.youtube.com/user/bowebb24 His remarks were made on the WV State Capitol grounds, Sunday, August 23, 2009. It was a release party for the 2nd benefit CD: "Still Moving Mountains: The Journey Home" - http://auroralights.org/journey/index.php From the CD: "Appalachian Soul" by Great American Taxi - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8AFruMg5ZI (5:23 minutes) Also see: Journey Up Coal River - http://auroralights.org/map_project/ Photo: Cherry Mountain tattoo on Bo's right forearm http://www.vanityfair.com/images/politics/2006/05/poar04a_appalachia0605.jpg Bo Webb open letter to Senator Byrd (D-WV) http://appvoices.org/2009/04/06/2342/ May 2006 - The Rape of Appalachia http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2006/05/appalachia200605?printable=true Related: The Truth About Don Blankenship, 4/15/10 http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/04/the-truth-about-don-blankenship.html Massey Energy Wins in Court, 4/7/08 http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2008/04/youre-liable-to.html Q&A: Michael Shnayerson, Author of Coal River. 1/29/08 http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2008/01/qa-michael-shna.html --- Before the Mountain Was Moved, 1969 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lferrcK4cwQ (60 minutes) The citizens of Raleigh County, West Virginia watch as strip mining destroys the forest they've always called home. It is a land dominated by heritage, history and a simple way of living that has not seen much change in the past century. The people who live around the mining activities are not eager to see their homes, their way of living, their heritage, disappear through greed and questionable mining processes. (True story portrayed by the people who actually live it; music performed by Blood, Sweat and Tears) --- Jan/Feb 2006 - The battle for justice comes to the coal fields of Appalachia http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/166/ (Excerpt) In May 2005, when Mountain Justice volunteers started going door-to-door in an effort to identify citizens' concerns and possibly locate cancer clusters, West Virginia activist Bo Webb found that 80 percent of parents said their children came home from school with a variety of illnesses. The school, a small brick building, sits almost directly beneath a Massey Energy subsidiary's processing plant where coal is washed and stored. Coal dust settles like pollen over the playground. 10/3/10 - One man's fight against mountaintop removal http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/03/nation/la-na-mining-20101003 10/28/10 - The Story of Bo Webb http://www.theredmountainpost.com/mountain-top-removal-in-west-virginia-the-story-of-bo-webb-2-7937/ (Correction: Bo moved back to WV in 2000, at age 51) 9/2010 - Mining the Coal River Story http://movingpicturesmagazine.com/Features/tabid/58/entryid/3960/Mining-the-Coal-River-Story.aspx Also see: http://www.crmw.net/ http://www.ohvec.org http://www.kftc.org http://www.citizenscoalcouncil.org/ http://www.ilovemountains.org/ http://www.youtube.com/user/coalstories http://www.coalcountrythemovie.com/ http://appalshop.org/sludge/trailer.php Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining, 11/24/09 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1578051681/ Plundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, 9/29/09 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1601090544/ Something's Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal, 3/16/09 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0813125464/ Coal River, 1/8/08 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KAORZW/ Bringing Down the Mountains: The Impact of Mountaintop Removal on Southern West Virginia Communities, 9/30/07 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1933202173/ Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal, 9/7/07 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0813124417/ Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness: Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia, 2/2/06 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1594489084/ === Enforcement of Strip Mining Laws - Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1975 http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/cspi-enforcement-of-strip-mining-laws-1975 COAL SURFACE MINING AND RECLAMATION: An Environmental and Economic Assessment of Alternatives COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS, UNITED STATES SENATE 93RD CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION - MARCH 1973 http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/1973-senate-report Articles from The New York Times by Ben A. Franklin, 1965 Hill People Join to Ask State to End Coal Operation Kentucky's Governor Joins 'War' on Strip Mining http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/eastern-ky-coalfield-1966
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Stanley Stugill:  Black Mountain and Mountain Top Removal
 
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Stanley Sturgill interviewed by Trey Moore. Stanley speaks to the stripping of hardwoods as part of the process of Mountain Top Removal. kftc.org. This is the highest mountain in Kentucky. This work is part of the New Ground. www.treymoore.org. Stop Mountain Top Removal. Raise Your Voice
Views: 3420 Treuwulf
Mountaintop Removal
 
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DID YOU KNOW More explosives are used every week in the extraction of coal in Appalachia, than were used in the first gulf war, and the Afghanistan war combined? Close to 2.8 billion gallons of toxic sludge, produced by cleaning coal before burning it, lies behind an earthen dam just a few hundred yards upstream of an elementary school in West Virginia? Over 2000 miles of streams have been buried and 500 square miles of mountains supporting one of the worlds most bio diverse temperate forests have been destroyed by Mountain-Top Removal coal mining in West Virginia alone. According to the West Virginia Coal Association, a little over 50 years ago, over 100,000 miners were employed in West Virginia, In 2003, that number was fewer than 15,000. Meanwhile, far more coal is being mined. TO FIND OUT MORE, CHECK OUT www.sludgesafety.org www.appvoices.org www.ohvec.org www.crmw.net www.mountainjusticesummer.org
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No More Mountaintop Removal
 
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Coal isn't clean, and its definitely not cheap. Across the Appalachians, the cost is being paid in entire mountaintops -- and in the health of the environment and its people. Between the hollows of West Virginia, beyond the bluegrass of Kentucky, and above the smoky vistas of Tennessee, companies are blowing the mountains to smithereens to get at the thin coal seams below. In the process, they are clear cutting miles of forests, filling the rivers with blasted debris, polluting the waters with toxic waste, and sacrificing the safety and sanctity of countless communities. Mountaintop removal mining is not just devastating the regions environment and quality of life. It is also steadily crushing the heart of Appalachia. Flyover courtesy SouthWings.org
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Explosion: Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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http://www.milesfrommaybe.com/ By Chad Stevens
Views: 15870 iLoveMountainsOrg
[01-27-2018] Coal, Reclamation & Effects
 
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A short discussion about the effects of Mountain Top Removal (Strip Mining), Reclamation work, and its effects on the local area.
Mountaintop Mining: The Good, Bad & Ugly - CBN.com
 
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Some methods used for extracting coal are coming under intense criticism lately from activists and the Obama-EPA alike. .. The Christian Broadcasting Network CBN http://www.cbn.com
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UBS' George T. Bankerman, Mountaintop Removal Funder
 
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UBS: Hands Off Appalachia! Campaign would like introduce George T. Bankerman, investment banker and mountaintop removal coal mining supporter. UBS is a Swiss-owned wealth management company. They are one of the top funders and supporters of companies that engage in the harmful extractive process known as mountaintop removal coal mining [MTR]. Hands Off Appalachia! Campaign demands UBS change their official policy and stop funding and supporting companies that practice MTR. Join us! http://handsoffappalachia.wordpress.com What is MTR? "Mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining (MTR) has been called strip mining on steroids. One author says the process should be more accurately named: mountain range removal. Mountaintop removal /valley fill mining annihilates ecosystems, transforming some of the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world into biologically barren moonscapes." http://mountainjustice.org/facts/steps.php
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Paying the price for mountaintop mining jobs
 
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West Virginia residents hope for strip mining projects on Blair Mountain that bring needed jobs but put their lives and health at risk.
Views: 202 CNN Business
UBS - Appalachian Day of Action Against Mountaintop Removal Funding
 
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On May 1st, Community members in Southern Appalachia organized a Day of Action to demand UBS change their official policy and stop their funding and supporting of mountaintop removal coal mining. Mountaintop removal coal mining is a process by which companies blow up mountains to harmfully extract the coal. The resulting landscape is one of a barren wasteland. The water is left permanently polluted and the surrounding mountain communities are destroyed. We are urging residents of Appalachia and the United States as a whole, to divest from UBS wealth management services in support of our friends and family suffering under mountaintop removal coal mining in the coalfields of Southern Appalachia. For more information: http://ran.org http://www.mountainjustice.org http://www.ilovemountains.org For Additional coverage of the campaign against UBS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k31RfpTnePE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVCUZ06Ozfw http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/may/02/mountaintop-removal-opponents-target-ubs/ http://www.tagesschau.sf.tv/Nachrichten/Archiv/2012/05/02/Schweiz/Umweltschaeden-durch-Kohleabbau-die-Rolle-der-UBS?WT.zugang=front_top1
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Room & Pillar Mining Process
 
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Room and Pillar Mining: Modern Coal Mining at Its Best When it comes to underground mining, there are different ways to approach removing coal, depending its structure and location. At the current Carlisle Mine and developing Bulldog Mine, Sunrise Coal is using the room and pillar method. Safe, Efficient & Environmentally Friendly Room and pillar is a non-subsidence plan for a mine, preserving the precious farmland above. It is among the safest and one of the most ecologically-friendly approaches to mining coal today, creating a non-subsidence environment (no movement of land) and maintaining clean water standards. Removing Coal from the Earth As the name indicates, large pillars of coal (40 feet wide) are left standing to help support the roof of the mine—more than half of the coal remains intact as supporting pillars to maintain the integrity of the surface land. The end result is a grid of open space (rooms) cleared by a continuous miner machine and separated by pillars. Once the coal is cleared and placed on a conveyor belt to our state-of-the art surface wash plant, roof bolters enter the new area to secure the roof, inserting fully grouted 6-foot metal rods every four feet. At the wash plant, rock and debris are separated from the coal so that it can be cleansed of sulfur and other minerals in preparation for our customers. For more information, go to www.sunrisecoal.com
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TEDxYouth@IsaacDickson | Helen | Mountaintop Removal
 
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Helen talks about mountaintop removal coal mining, and why this is neither a sustainable nor healthy process to get energy. About TEDx, x = independently organized event:  In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring  people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Views: 846 TEDxYouth
Principles of Room & Pillar Mining
 
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This video provides a basic description of the room & pillar mining method for extracting coal underground. It includes an explanation of the different products working together in a room & pillar operation (continuous miner, face hauler, scoop, LHD vehicles, feeder breaker, roof bolter) . Learn more at https://mining.cat.com/room-and-pillar
Joan Mulhern Testifies before Congress on Mountaintop Removal
 
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Earthjustice Senior Legislative Counsel Joan Mulhern testifies before the U.S. Congress about the devastating effects of mountaintop removal coal mining.
Views: 1091 Earthjustice
UBS - Knoxville, Tennessee: May Day Protest
 
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On May Day, the people of Appalachia demanded UBS change their official policy and stop their funding and support of mountaintop removal coal mining. Mountaintop removal coal mining is a process by which companies blow up mountains to harmfully extract the coal. The resulting landscape is one of a barren wasteland. The water is left permanently polluted and the surrounding mountain communities are destroyed. For more information: http://ran.org http://www.mountainjustice.org http://www.ilovemountains.org For Additional coverage of the campaign against UBS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k31RfpTnePE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVCUZ06Ozfw http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/may/02/mountaintop-removal-opponents-target-ubs/ http://www.tagesschau.sf.tv/Nachrichten/Archiv/2012/05/02/Schweiz/Umweltschaeden-durch-Kohleabbau-die-Rolle-der-UBS?WT.zugang=front_top1
Views: 99 Pardo75
Aerial flyover of Marsh Fork near Cherry Pond Mountain
 
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Mountaintop removal is the process of destroying a mountain to extract the coal. Courtesy of upcoming documentary: American Coal www.fireflypix.com
Views: 3584 AppalachianVoices
Coal Extraction Is Killing Workers (w/ Bob Kincaid)
 
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Mike talks with Bob Kincaid about the "Appalachian´s Agony". A ninth generation Appalachian, Bob Kincaid is a leader in the struggle against Mountaintop Removal coal extraction. As a co-founder of the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Campaign (http://AcheAct.org), he focuses on the ongoing health crisis that has arisen in central Appalachian communities that exist alongside mountaintop removal operations. The ACHE Campaign is directly responsible for the introduction of HR 526, the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Act, the only bill in the Congress with the power to end Mountaintop Removal. As a radio host at the Head-On Radio Network, Bob has devoted more time to discussing the impacts surface mining has had on his state and region than any other broadcaster. Bob is a father of four and grandfather of three. Those seven are the motivation for his continuing efforts to bring an end to what the New York Times has called "Appalachia's Agony."
Views: 463 Mike Malloy
Renewal:  Stories from Americas Religious-Environmental Movement
 
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Across the nation, people of faith are standing up for the environment. Evangelical Christians are fighting mountaintop removal, a coal mining process that is decimating Appalachia. Muslims are supporting sustainable farming. Jews are helping children experience the bond between nature and spirituality. Interfaith Power and Light is mobilizing people of all faiths in a religious response to global warming. For the first time, the combined energy of these diverse activists is the driving force behind a feature-length documentary, entitled RENEWAL. Veteran film producers Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller have crisscrossed the country to capture these exciting stories of people whose passion and deep moral commitment are making a difference in a time of grave ecological threats. The RENEWAL Project has been designed to make the documentary and its inspiring stories available to people and organizations who want to be a part of this growing movement to protect life on our planet and reverse the damage that humans have done to the environment. Learn how you can get involved today!
Views: 1305 Simon Abramson
West virginia coal mining.little pillar action
 
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National Day of Action Against Coal Finance
 
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Rainforest Action Network (RAN) turned out thousands of activists in more than 50 cities across the U.S. today to protest Citi and Bank of America's investments in new coal-fired power plants and dirty coal extraction methods such as mountaintop removal coal mining. RAN is pressuring the two banks to divest from coal and invest in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Strip Mining for Coal
 
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Almost 20 years since the strip mine began and it is still going strong here in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. In another five or six years time the mining should be complete and will mark the end of over 200 years of coal mining here in Pictou County.
Views: 21870 JimHowDigsDirt
Mountaintop Removal : West Virginia
 
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Mountaintop removal is decimating Appalachia and the communities living in the region. This is the most biologically diverse region in the temperate world with over 10,000 species exiting here. It is time to put a stop to this practice. Visit https://www.facebook.com/kanawhaforestcoalition/info or https://www.facebook.com/mtnjustice?fref=ts for more information. Music: Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
Views: 808 Timmy Clay
Blasting on Coal River Mountain, as soon as TODAY!
 
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This four-minute video clip, featuring the voices of local residents Judy Bonds and Gary Anderson, describes in vivid terms the battle to save Coal River Mountain. As Massey Energy Company begins the devastating process of mountaintop removal coal mining, local residents hope to convince decision makers to adopt their plan to build a major wind farm on the ridge instead. Studies have shown this plan would bring more long-term tax revenue to the local economy and safer, permanent jobs while protecting nearby communities from the effects of mountaintop removal. Residents worry that an eight-billion gallon toxic coal sludge dam will rupture when the blasting begins. If the dam broke, the tidal wave of toxic sludge released could endanger thousands and would dwarf the destruction of the December 2008 TVA coal ash disaster. As bulldozing begins to prep part of Coal River Mountain for mountaintop removal, some people are engaged in direct action to forestall it. The Mark Vann Song - by The Larry Keel Experience http://www.LarryKeel.com
Views: 556 ClimateGndZero
Chicago to West Virginia Mountain Top Removal
 
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Delegation from Chicago to West Virginia
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DN! Scientists Call for Ban on Mountaintop Removal
 
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Scientists Call for Ban on Mountaintop Removal An exhaustive new scientific study concludes the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal is so dangerous to the environment and public health that it should be banned. Published in the journal Science, the study by a team of twelve scientists is said to be the most comprehensive look at mountaintop removal to date. The study says increases in birth defects, cancers, fish kill and water contamination were among the effects of mountaintop removal. The studys lead author, Margaret Palmer of the University of Maryland, said, Scientists are not usually that comfortable coming out with policy recommendations, but this time the results were overwhelming [The] only conclusion that one can reach is that mountaintop mining needs to be stopped. The study comes on the heels of this weeks controversial approval of a new mining permit for the Hobet 45 mine in West Virginia.
Views: 229 StartLoving2
Protests outside of Marsh Fork elementary
 
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Marsh Fork elementary is directly beside a coal plant and an impoundment that poses a serious threat to the saftey of the students. Mountain top removal is the process of blowing up a mountain to extract its coal. Courtesy of upcoming documentary: American Coal www.fireflypix.com
Views: 3430 AppalachianVoices
Blasting on Coal River Mountain, as soon as TODAY!
 
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This four-minute video clip, featuring the voices of local residents Judy Bonds and Gary Anderson, describes in vivid terms the battle to save Coal River Mountain. As Massey Energy Company begins the devastating process of mountaintop removal coal mining, local residents hope to convince decision makers to adopt their plan to build a major wind farm on the ridge instead. Studies have shown this plan would bring more long-term tax revenue to the local economy and safer, permanent jobs while protecting nearby communities from the effects of mountaintop removal. Residents worry that an eight-billion gallon toxic coal sludge dam will rupture when the blasting begins. If the dam broke, the tidal wave of toxic sludge released could endanger thousands and would dwarf the destruction of the December 2008 TVA coal ash disaster. As bulldozing begins to prep part of Coal River Mountain for mountaintop removal, some people are engaged in direct action to forestall it. The Mark Vann Song - by The Larry Keel Experience http://www.LarryKeel.com
Views: 11082 ClimateGndZero