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WV  under ground coal mining
Ride into mine Alloy,WV (Mammoth coal) (Powellton seam)
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American Coal Mining Documentary - Strip Mines - Appalachian Mountains - 1974
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OSM expects its rulemaking to trim 7,000 coal mining jobs in 22 states
1/27/2011 - Peter Mail, a spokesman for the surface mining reclamation office, said the proposal's aim is "to better strike the balance between protecting the public and the environment while providing for viable coal mining." Mali said the document is the first working draft that was shared with state agencies, which are giving their comments on it. (More) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=133248892 1/26/2011 - The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement document says the agency's preferred rules would impose standards for water quality and restrictions on mining methods that would affect the quality or quantity of streams near coal mines. The office, a branch of the Interior Department, estimated that the protections would trim coal production to the point that an estimated 7,000 of the nation's 80,600 coal mining jobs would be lost. Production would decrease or stay flat in 22 states, but climb 15 percent in North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. . . . West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection official Thomas Clarke told the Associated Press on Wednesday. "I've had OSM technical people who are concerned with stream impacts and outside contractors for OSM who are subcontractors on the EIS give me their opinion that the whole thing's a bunch of junk." (More) http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4JC7Gs3f7cpoJMK1xc-iveOoZ7Q?docId=1b0c534404754dc7a452ff23f9b3194d Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar commended the employees of the Office of Surface Mining on November 19, 2010, for their efforts to improve oversight of state surface coal-mining operations. In the past 12 months the Office of Surface Mining has increased the number of oversight inspections to evaluate how each state is administering its regulatory program. This a clip from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6WSvVpdm-w ---- 12/27/2010 - http://www.register-herald.com/todaysfrontpage/x258589936/What-s-in-a-name-Mountaintop-removal-vs-mountaintop-development (Excerpt) "In my mind, mountaintop 'removal' implies the site is mined and then left barren, lifeless and flattened. This couldn't be further from the truth," said Chris Hamilton of the West Virginia Coal Association. He points to the mining permit requirement that forces miners to restore the mines to their approximate original contour or to configure the land for an "alternate use." Restoring the land occurs in about 90 percent to 95 percent of former surface mines, Hamilton said. "We rebuild the mountain peak, resculpting it to approximately as close as possible to the original premining topography of the land, then we reseed it with grasses and trees," Hamilton said. However, Vivian Stockman, an organizer for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, told West Virginia Public Broadcasting that a flyover of the southern West Virginia coalfields suggests little development on former surface mine sites. "If they're hoping to, you know, create shopping malls on some of these, I don't know where they're going to get all the shoppers," she said. "All the communities around these areas have been driven away." She added that the notion that West Virginia needs more flat land is a myth. "Back in 2002 we had some volunteers create some maps for us," she said. "There were just massive amounts of land that are not, in any way, shape or form, developed." Researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about 1.2 million acres and about 500 mountains were flattened by surface mining in central Appalachia. An aerial imagery analysis by NRDC found that about 90 percent of mountaintop removal sites were not converted to economic uses. Only about 4 percent of West Virginia and Kentucky mountaintops had been redeveloped, NRDC found. --- 11/18/2010 - Salazar Commends OSM Initiatives to Improve Oversight of State Surface Coal Mining Programs - http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Salazar-Commends-OSM-Initiatives-to-Improve-Oversight-of-State-Surface-Coal-Mining-Programs.cfm --- In June 2009, the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior Department) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the harmful environmental impacts of coal mining in six states in central Appalachia. Through the MOU, the three agencies intend to strengthen oversight and regulation and minimize the adverse environmental consequences of mountaintop removal mining. (More) http://www.osmre.gov/topic/Oversight/SCM/SCM.shtm
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coal mining 3 west va
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Reclaimed Strip Mining Sites Mingo County WV from DJI Phantom 3 professional drone 4K
Took a short drone flight over old reclaimed abandoned coal mining operations in Mingo County WV. You can see 2 separate operations form my aerial view. Mountain Top Removal is kind of beautiful from the air.
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A clip from Before the Mountain Was Moved documentary (1969) about surface coal mining in WV
This is from the documentary Before the Mountain Was Moved (1969, 60 minutes) -- the complete film is shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lferrcK4cwQ A composite of five clips (11:30 minutes) of Elias Bailey can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA8u9Q3wX-0 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.
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Strip job explosion
Shot on combs branch strip job
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Wyoming County Road 2
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The American Diaster
Communities near mountaintop removal mining sites are often subject to powerful flash floods. Without trees on steep mountain and valley fill slopes, rainfall quickly becomes dangerous. Some of the most recent flash-flooding occurred in Mingo County in southern West Virginia in May 2009. This was the 19th flood in 11 years to hit Mingo County and surrounding areas of southern West Virginia's coalfields.Killing 300 people. Massey Energy has mountaintop mines along about five miles of Gilbert Creek. Mounts' daughter believes her damage, on Pickering Creek, came from runoff from Massey's Frasure Creek mine, which had begun work in her area. Across from Mounts'own home, a narrow gully turned into a roaring river for two days after the storm. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that iron and manganese concentrations surpass drinking water guidelines in at least 40% of wells in the Appalachian Plateau, and in about 70% of the wells near reclaimed surface coal mines of the region. In a 2003 Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, the EPA reports that "stream chemistry monitoring efforts show significant increases in conductivity, hardness, sulfate, and selenium concentrations downstream of [mountaintop removal] operations." These contaminated headwaters are the origin of drinking water resources for millions of people in major downstream American cities. Coal slurry, a byproduct of washing and processing coal with water and chemicals, is highly toxic and can leach into groundwater supplies. Up to sixty different chemicals are used to wash coal, not to mention the heavy metals naturally present in the coal. In Prenter Hollow, West Virginia, over 300 residents are suing nine coal companies for water contamination from coal slurry injected in abandoned underground mine shafts. Residents believe that the contaminated water is causing major health issues sometimes causing 1,000 deaths. In the United States today there are groups of individuals bound and determined to paint coal white. They use terms like clean coal and carbon capture like they are preaching the gospel. Many people will say there is no such thing as clean coal, including myself... let me explain. Clean coal, as preached by the coal industry, is a process of removing the Co2 (primary greenhouse gas) from coal-fired power plant emissions or flue gases and storing it indefinitely underground (carbon capture and storage). Coal has a dirty legacy going back at least 100 years that has absolutely nothing to do with flue gas. I have many memories of my father and grand-father standing on a picket line sometimes for months fighting the coal industry for better working conditions and/or better benefits. Mining related illnesses like blacklung still claim lives in the coalfields today. Now with mountaintop removal becoming so dominant other illnesses plague nearby communities. The coal industry as it relates to the health and welfare of its employees and its relationship with nearby communities is the first dirty aspect of coal. Coal mining is the second. The mining of coal actually has a few sub-branches on the 'dirty tree'-- montaintop removal, valley fill, acid mine drainage, air pollution (coal truck traffic, coal dust, blasting particulates). Ask a coal miner coming in from work and before he showers how clean coal mining is. Ask a resident affected by one of the multitude of impacts associated with mountaintop removal (blasting, blasting particulates, cracked home foundations, illnesses, economic destruction...) how clean coal mining is. The third dirty aspect of coal is the processing. This aspect has two main sub-branches -- coal dust, coal slurry.
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As Coal Goes
Once the most formidable industry in West Virginia, coal is progressively losing its economic dominance throughout Central Appalachia as production slows due to tightening pollution controls, greater availability of cheap natural gas and growing competition from other coal basins. Uncertainty about the region's economic future and stability of miners' livelihoods has grown in recent years. Residents and lawmakers are left trying to find solutions to a problem that is difficult to fully anticipate.
Strip Mine
This is a clip of how coal companies remove trees to prepare for strip mining.
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RAMPS Mountain Mobilization: Hobet Strip Mine, West Virginia
More than 50 protesters affiliated with the R.A.M.P.S. Campaign have walked onto Patriot Coal's Hobet mine and shut it down. Ten people locked to a rock truck, boarded it and dropped banners: "Coal Leaves, Cancer Stays." At least three have been arrested, with another in a tree being threatened by miners with a chain saw. Earlier in the day, two people were arrested at Kanawha State Forest before a group of protesters headed to the state capitol. "The government has aided and abetted the coal industry in evading environmental and mine safety regulations. We are here today to demand that the government and coal industry end strip mining, repay their debt to Appalachia, and secure a just transition for this region," Dustin Steele of Matewan, W.Va. said. Steele was one of the people locked to the rock truck. Mounting scientific evidence shows that strip mining negatively impacts community health and miner health. Recent studies have found a 42 percent increase in risk of birth defects around strip mines, and miners who spend at least 20 years as strip-mine drillers have a 61 percent chance of contracting silicosis, a virulent form of black lung. "The coal companies are poisoning our water and air, and they're treating the workers no better than the land -- fighting workplace health and safety protections to get the most out of labor as they can," said Junior Walk of Whitesville, W.Va. As coal production declines, protesters are concerned that the region will be left with only illness and environmental devastation as the industry pulls out of the region and companies file for bankruptcy to shed legacy costs. Patriot Coal is currently going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in which union contracts and pensions could be on the chopping block. Both UMWA pensions and the state's Special Reclamation Fund are funded through a per-ton tax on coal. With Central Appalachian coal production in the middle of a projected six-year, 50 percent decline, this funding stream is increasingly unsustainable. Protesters are calling on the coal industry and government to ensure that funding is available both to honor commitments to retired workers and to restore the land. "Coal companies must employ their surface mine workers in reclaiming all disturbed land to the highest standards. Instead of arguing about the 'war on coal,' political leaders should immediately allocate funds to retrain and re-employ laid off miners to secure a healthy future for the families of this region," said R.A.M.P.S. spokesperson Mathew Louis-Rosenberg. Appalachian communities, from union miners to the anti-strip mining activists of the 1960s, have a proud history of confronting the coal industry and demanding an end to its exploitive practices with direct civil disobedience. R.A.M.P.S. and other campaigns have returned to this tradition to eliminate strip mining once and for all. Since its founding in 2011, R.A.M.P.S. has organized a range of actions, from tree-sits to blockades of coal trucks. Today's protesters are among the hundreds of people across the country who are joining this summer's National Uprising Against Extraction, using radical tactics to fight oppressive extractive industries and demand a transition to a sustainable economy.
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SGI/ISP Strip Mining Operations at Tom's Creek, PA
A look at strip mining operations in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just above Fairfield and Carroll Valley, PA. Once part of Michaux State Forest, on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 Hamiltonban Township's Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to rezone 110 acres from forest conservation to industrial to allow SGI/ISP to expand operations onto land local taxpayers and conservation groups had purchased and placed in the PA DNR's hands for managing the care and protection of Tom's Creek, a vital water source for the valley below and the Potomac River watershed. The rezoning made possible by a most controversial land swap conducted between the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources and multi-national SGI/ISP. http://www.friendsoftomscreek.org/land-acquisition/
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Strip Mining for Coal
Mining for Coal in Stellarton on Nov.6 2012.
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Retired miner Curby Thacker on coal jobs
Curby Thacker, father of unemployed coal miner Kyle Thacker, is a retired miner who talks about how easy it was to get a job in the 1970s. He was interviewed by reporter Bill Estep. Published June 10, 2013.
World News - Coal mining deaths surge in 2017 after hitting record low
World News - Coal mining deaths surge in 2017 after hitting record low Coal mining deaths surged in the US in 2017, one year after they hit a record low.The nation's coal mines recorded 15 deaths last year, including eight in West Virginia. That is nearly double the death toll in 2016, when eight people died in coal mining incidents.West Virginia has led the nation in coal mining deaths in six of the past eight years.Although Wyoming produces the most coal of any state, there was only one death there last year, as less dangerous surface mining is more common in the state.Kentucky had two deaths, and there were one each in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania.Last year's fatalities represented the highest death toll since 2014, when 16 miners died.That includes 2010, when 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia.In September, retired coal company executive David Zatezalo of Wheeling, West Virginia was appointed by President Donald Trump as the new chief of the Mine Safety and Health Administration.Trump made promises to revive Appalachia's flagging coal mining industry one of the hallmarks of his presidential campaign.Employment in the coal mining industry has rebounded somewhat since his election.In November, there were 51,200 people employed in the US coal mining industry, up from 49,700 a year prior, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.In the mid 1980s, employment in the industry topped 178,000, but has been in a state of steady decline ever since, due in part to advances in technology.More recently, competition from natural gas - which has dropped in price due to the fracking boom - has put pressure on the US coal industry.Republicans have also blamed environment regulations, and Trump has made some moves to roll back Obama-era regulations such as the Stream Protection Rule. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5229717/US-coal-mining-deaths-surge-2017-hitting-record-low.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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coal mine reclamation
these mountains sucked until coal mining came along! --- A commercial run in WV by Walker/Cat: http://www.walker-cat.com/index.php/www/community/media
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993k loading a 785b on a strip mine in virginia
This video was uploaded from an Android phone.
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Inside the Coal Mines!!
Inside West Virginia's historical coal mines. It's freezing in there and pardon my grandmother talking in the background!! Subscribe!!
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Joshua Nelson's Speech on WV Coal and the Economy
Delegate Joshua Nelson, 23rd Delegate District (Boone County West Virginia) speaks on the House Floor in regards to Recent Mine Layoffs and Economic Development in Southern West Virginia
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The "coal miners dougie"
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Reclaiming Iowa's abandoned coal mine lands
A century ago, southern Iowa was home to hundreds of surface coal mines. As the coal boom died so did the companies that mined for it, leaving those mines abandoned and open to the elements. Today, decades after the industry died, efforts slowly continue to clean up the deserted mines and reclaim the ground that was once rich with coal. Original broadcast date: May 31, 2017 For more Iowa Outdoors follow us at: www.iptv.org/iowaoutdoors www.facebook.com/iowaoutdoorsiptv www.instagram.com/iowaoutdoorstv www.twitter.com/iowaoutdoorstv Iowa Outdoors is a series produced by Iowa Public Television in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that highlights outdoor recreation, environmental issues, conservation initiatives, and Iowa's outdoor natural resources.
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Jeff Biggers on the beginning of surface coal mining
Jeff Biggers http://jeffrbiggers.com/ (born in 1963) is an American writer, editor, journalist, playwright, critic and performance artist. He is the author of three books, and co-editor of a fourth. This clip is from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9uo2Q0dccM http://www.amazon.com/dp/1568584210/ http://www.amazon.com/dp/1593760310/ http://www.amazon.com/dp/0252031016/ http://coalfreefutureproject.org/ The Coal Free Future Project is a collaboration of award-winning American artists—writers, actors/theatre director, filmmakers and musicians—who have come together to combine their long-time experiences in the clean energy, anti-coal and climate justice movements to create performances and workshops that inform and inspire action around a simple but basic truth in our lives: It's time to envision a coal free future and work toward clean energy independence. 2/24/2011 - Jeff Biggers at Warren Wilson College - Asheville, NC, Free public event http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1410755379 Jeff has a lot to say -- all of it worth reading and hearing http://www.google.com/search?q=%22jeff+biggers%22&hl=en&safe=off&tbs=vid:1,sbd:1&source=lnt&sa=X&ei=fdU9TdasJsSAlAejm9zqBQ&ved=0CBgQpwUoAQ Saying that Jeff willing shares himself with others and their causes is a vast understatement. Biggers has worked as a writer, educator and community organizer across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico. His award-winning stories have appeared on NPR, PRI, CNN, Salon.com, the Washington Post, and in scores of travel, literary and music magazines, and national and foreign newspapers, and various anthologies. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and for Pacific News Service national syndication. His work has received numerous honors, including an American Book Award, the Sierra Club's David R. Brower Award, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, a Field Foundation Fellowship, a Plattner Award for Appalachian Literature, a Delta Award for Literature in Southern Illinois, and an Illinois Arts Council Creative Non-Fiction Award. He serves as a contributing editor to The Bloomsbury Review, and is a member of the PEN American Center. In the 1990s, as part of his work to develop literacy and literary programs in rural, reservation and neglected communities in the American Southwest, he founded the Northern Arizona Book Festival. In the 1980s, Biggers served as an assistant to former Senator George McGovern in Washington, DC, and as a personal aide to Rev. William Sloane Coffin at the Riverside Church in New York City. As part of his work with the homeless in New York, Biggers co-founded the Interfaith Assembly on Housing and Homelessness. Born in Ohio, raised in Illinois and Arizona, he earned a B.A. in History and English at Hunter College in New York City. He also studied at the University of California in Berkeley, Columbia University and the University of Arizona. Biggers is also a playwright, whose first play, "4½ Hours: Across the Stones of Fire," explores the fate of a young couple threatened by an impending mountaintop removal mining operation in their community. Produced by the Coal Free Future Project, a collective of artists, actors, filmmakers and musicians co-founded by Biggers, the play has toured nationally and appears on Off Broadway at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City on June 4--13, 2010.
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McKinley Sumner:  Coal & Appalachia
Trey Moore interviews McKinley Sumner. This work is part of the New Ground. treymoore.org, kftc.org McKinley's property was illegally mined by ICG. He won the court case for trespassing. Part of the settlement was the planting of indigenous white oak trees which were destroyed by the strip mining. We visit the site. This video was taken summer of 2010 at the site of an inactive strip mine. This is Reclamation.
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Van, West Virginia
On delivery at my last job in Van, WV headed to Beaver
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Strip Mining
The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/uvp/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/
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underground coal mine 1
inside operating underground coal mine, Poland
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Sweet Child of Mine: The Effects of Strip Mining on Children in Appalachia
video for Appalachian Studies class
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Dragline on Hobet Mine since 1983 -- First electric earth mover in WV
The Hobet Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mine has been operating for over three decades; A (Bucyrus Erie) BE 1570 dragline (with an 80 cubic yard bucket) has been there since 1983. (This video is from June 2008; logusts are "singing") More: History of Dragline Operations in West Virginia http://www.epa.gov/region3/mtntop/pdf/appendices/h/mrt-symposium/fugpres1.pdf Largest-ever dragline: The Big Muskie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Om5cseJ8_o (The first electric dragline was built by Bucryus in 1912.) Satellite images from 1984 to 2009 of Del-Tex/Hobet mining operations in Boone County, WV http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/flash/syndicatedVideoPlayer.swf?vid=mountaintop-removal-vin Map: http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/files/2010/10/sprucemap3.jpg ==== 7/4/1999 - http://wvgazette.com/News/MiningtheMountains/200807070430 (Excerpt) On March 3, 1999, Chief U.S. District Judge Charles Haden issued a preliminary injunction that barred the Corps from issuing its permit for the operation. Among other things, Haden said Hobet Mining and the Corps had illegally "segmented" the Spruce Mine into smaller parts, so regulators wouldn't take a closer look, as they would if it were one large mine proposal. "It seems apparent that the operations were split intentionally to allow the commencement of mining operations under a less critical agency review and to delay more detailed scrutiny until after significant work has begun," Haden said. But on June 24, 1999, the Corps told Hobet Mining it would not approve the project under a nationwide permit. The company would have to seek an individual permit, which requires extensive environmental studies that could take two years. In a letter to Hobet engineer James Johnston, the Corps said it had "reluctantly reached the conclusion, for a variety of reasons, that there is virtually no chance" that Haden would allow the mine under a nationwide permit. Originally, Hobet proposed to fill 7.8 miles of streams with 150 million cubic yards of rock and earth. Its final permit proposed to fill 4.1 miles of streams, a reduction of 47 percent. In court papers, environmental groups argue that the EPA letter "is not a finding of minimal impacts. It is a finding that environmental impacts have been balanced with economic costs, and only those impacts that are not costly to eliminate have been minimized. "[The Clean Water Act] does not allow this type of cost-benefit analysis," the environmental groups said. "It provides that environmental effects must be minimal, not minimized considering costs, or minimized considering jobs." === (Excerpt) In 1995, the Highland Conservancy's Cindy Rank was already warning that hundreds of miles of streams had been buried, with the full knowledge of state environmental regulators. Two years later, U.S. News & World Report published an exposé predicting that half the mountain peaks across a swath of southern West Virginia would be gone in 20 years. Photographs published with the article created a sensation. The pictures led James Weekley, a disabled miner whose home sat in a hollow below the proposed Spruce Mine, to seek help from Joe Lovett. Arch Coal Company had by then mined on a ridge above Blair for six years, reducing peaks by hundreds of feet. The dust, blasting, and night-and-day noise from the Dal-Tex mine had driven away most of the community's residents and businesses, some after accepting settlements and promising to leave the area. With the seams exhausted in the Dal-Tex Mine, Arch planned to move across the hollow and open Spruce Mine on the adjacent ridge where it expected to remove $2 billion worth of coal over a period of about 15 years. Haden's ruling blocked approval of the new mine and set off an uproar that reached the floor of the U.S. Senate and possibly tipped the 2000 West Virginia election, and the presidency, to George W. Bush. Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd tried to overturn the decision on the floor of the Senate. Like Underwood, Byrd warned darkly of an end to the West Virginia coal industry. Others likened Haden to Hitler, denouncing him from the steps of the state capital and harassing him with convoys of coal trucks circling the federal courthouse with air horns blaring. === This clip from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LojPk2VQe5g
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WV DUAL SPORT We just had to film this sunset on Cow Creek which looks down on the historic coal mining town of Oceana,WV. We are a new organization dedicated to riding Dual-sport motorcycles all over Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. Check us out on Facebook
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PA strip mining hole 2
strip mine hole
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Stay Out and Stay Alive: Abandoned Mine Safety
Stay Out and Stay Alive: Abandoned Mine Safety - Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - Publication VID-011 - Please, stay out, stay alive.
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Touch n Go @ Kee Field
Filmed in Wyoming County West Virginia, up a creek called Skin Fork.
Views: 155 Jerry Cline
Gibraltar Bucyrus Erie 1450W
Walking, floating, and walking again. The short journey of the BE 1450 from Ken to Gibraltar near Central City, Kentucky. Circa 1985.
Views: 459 Mining Photography
MTR Stops Here- OVEC Friendly Buyout
"they have taken everything away from me and now the final insult is, in what should be my retirement years, Patriot Coal wants to buy our life's work and destroy it and run me and my family out of Twilight along with everyone else that lives here, just to mine the coal." -Frankie Moonie Meet Frankie Mooney... He is a 40 year UMWA member and has 32 years of experience in underground coal mines. He has lost a brother, an uncle and his Dad to "accidents" in the mines. He is now permanently disabled from the impact that mining coal has had on his health. He has lived in the town of Twilight all of his life, on property that his family has occupied for generations. Frankie was freely offered $775,000.00 for his place by Patriot Coal Company. He is now offering to sell his property to us for $125,000 less than he was offered. Frankie is willing to take the cut to help preserve this place, the local communities, and the access roads to many area cemeteries. Until OVEC can raise the funding for the purchase of his place, Frankie is willing to live in and fight the conditions that MTR is creating. Please understand that Frankie and his family do not have to make this choice.
Views: 2038 mtrstopshere
Caller: Strip Mining Destroyed WVA Water
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Hobet Mine Timelapse
These photos from NASA show the impact of mountaintop removal from the Hobet Mine in West Virginia from 1984 to 2010.
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Strip Mining PSA
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walk up ruckers
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Coal-mined areas are being restored to better than before mining says OSMRE
The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement says in a 1996 video many the restored areas being more productive than those areas were prior to being mined. For more about OSM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uq7YI8AHnQ To see the full 1969 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaUPOITVzaY This is how OSM is really getting coal mined aread reclaimed: OSM began administering a federal program in Tennessee on 10/1/1984, as a result of the state revoking its primacy program that OSM had approved in 1982. OSM Knoxfille Field Office (KFO) 2010 report, covering Fiscal Year 2010 -- 10/2009 to 9/2010 (Except from pages 9-10) Abandoned Sites in Tennessee and Georgia are required to be inspected by KFO on a site specific inspection frequency inaccordance with the criteria and determination established in 30 C. F. R. 842.11 (e) and (f) (the abandoned rule). These sites have had some reclamation, but it is insufficient to satisfy the regulatory requirements for complete reclamation. The vast marjority of these sites have inspection frequencies of one complete inspection per calendar year. Due to a shortage of field inspectors [11], the KFO has found it necessary to prioritize its workload to ensure that sites with the greatest potential for adverse impacts (active sites) receive adequate inspections. The majority of abandoned sites have existed for greater than 20 years and have healed to a large extent with naturaly occurring vegetation and become stablized. Due to this workload and the resulting prioritization, KFO was unable to inspect a majority of abandoned site in FY2010. Eight complete inspections and one partial inspection were conducted of the 168 abandoned sites during FY 2010. During FY 2010 KFO conducted evaluations of thirty three permanent program bond forfeited sites to determine if natural vegetation processes had stablized these disturbances to meet the intent of SMCRA and to allow the removal of the sites from the inspectable units list (IUL). Thirteen of these sites were subsequently removed from the IUL because the disturbances were adequately stablized to met the intent of SMCRA. The remaining twenty sites were found to have deficiencies which prevented removal from the IUL. Evaluations of these sites included recommendations for corrective work to move these sites towards complete reclamation and removal from the IUL. (From Table 2, Inspectable Units, page 36) There are 300 inspectable units in Tennessee. (Each permit is an inspectable unit.) Of those, 121 are interim program (permits issued before the approval of the Tennesse state reguatory program effective August 10, 1982) and 179 are permanent program (permits issued after that date). There are 118 units that are active or in temporary cessation of mining; 168 (117 interim program and 51 permanent program). Only 14 of the 300 units have been fully reclaimed and are awaiting completion of the five-year vegetation success period. The total acreage under permit is 318,300 acres with permanent program permits being 282,000 acres of that total. ---- http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/walk-away-reclamation (Excerpts) Of the 7,193 since 1980, most of the bond forfietures occurred in the 1980s (60%) and 1990s (31%); since 2005 there have been 203 forfeitures (3%) in 7 states -- IL(5), IN(4), KY(29), MD(12), PA(82), TN(11) and WV(60). Three states together have 70% of all the bond forfeitures occurring since 1980 -- KY (2,924 ),PA (1,020) and WV (1,117). Six other states account for another 26% -- AL(646), IN (215), OH (313), OK (178), TN (255) and VA (252). The remaining ones are in thirteen states. === On the OSM maintained Inspectable Units List for the Alabama state administered regulatory program there are 242 Inspectable Units which includes 48 Bond Forfeitures -- 20% of the total units -- many of which had permit expiration dates that were decades ago, even back 1984. The total permitted acreage of these Bond Forfeitures is 10,749 acres which is nearly 17 square miles. (10 or more those 48 Bond Forfeitures seem to have occurred after 2001.) http://www.osmre.gov/Reports/EvalInfo/2009/AL09-aml-reg.pdf - Alabama's inspectable units as of June 30, 2009, totaled 214, which includes 41 bond forfeitures; 4,910 arces were newly bonded and 440 acres were newly forfeited -- a ratio of one acre being forfeited for every 11 acres being bonded. From 1983 through 2008, bond forfeitures occurred on 15,034 of the 129,922 acres that had been permitted -- a permittee failure to perform reclamation rate of nearly 12 percent. http://www.osmre.gov/Reports/EvalInfo/2008/AL08-aml-reg.pdf - Alabama's inspectable units as of June 30, 2008, totaled 214, which includes 42 bond forfeitures; 3,618 arces were newly bonded and 726 acres were newly forfeited -- a ratio of one acre being forfeited for every 5 acres being bonded.
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Maintenace Coalminer at GCC .mp4
Proud to work with all the great coalminers at Gibson County Coal.
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Tennessee strip mine field report May 30th 2010.wmv
On May 30th 2010 an author asked if United Mountain Defense field staff could take him out in the field to see the strip mining first hand. They did--here is what they saw. This is in Claiborne county south of Eagan. unitedmountaindefense.org
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Wise County, VA:  the Story of Kathy Selvage
America's Most Endangered Mountains - Wise County, VA Pledge to Help End Mountaintop Removal. Visit: www.iLoveMountains.org - - - COMMUNITY STORY - - - Wise County, Virginia was officially formed in 1856 from parts of Virginia's Lee, Russell, and Scott counties. Nestled on the Kentucky border, its one of the most beautiful counties in the Appalachian coalfields, but unfortunately is also one of hardest hit by surface coal mining. In fact, between 1950 and the present, 25% of Wise County's land area was devastated by mountaintop removal and other surface coal mines. Despite the large scale extraction of natural resources (both coal and timber), county residents still have many things to be proud of. Wise County boasts some of the most beautiful mountaintop vistas in Appalachia. It's home to Jefferson National Forest, which protects High Knob and Little Stoney Creek Falls. The Clinch River, Guest River, Powell River, and Russell Fork are home to rare and endangered fresh water mussels, and offer miles of free-flowing canoeing for all skill levels. The Clinch is home to more varieties of fish than any river in Virginia. Wise County also has a lively art community, with regular performances of the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Drama and shows at the Charles Harris Art Gallery. Art and river festivals attract people throughout the summer to celebrate the county's rich history and landscape. But even with so many assets, Wise County is suffering from a lack of economic diversity and the effects of mountaintop removal. Unlike the surrounding counties that don't have coal, Wise is loosing population, and has a 22% poverty rate. What's worse, suicide rates in Wise are DOUBLE the state average. "We have so much to share with the people who might visit us. If we could only stop blasting away our mountains and dumping them into valleys and streambeds. Mountaintop removal is destroying the land, the people, and our cultural heritage. We could make it if only our elected leaders shared our vision?one that doesn't concentrate on destruction, but instead on construction." - Kathy Selvage, Resident, Wise County, VA To support Kathy and her community contact: Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (276) 565-1083 • www.samsva.org SAMS is committed to stopping the destruction of communities by surface coal mining and to help rebuild sustainable communities.
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