EPA returns! ‘Hold’ on mountaintop removal mining
“[T]he EPA said the letters stated that the projects … would cause significant degradation to streams buried by mining activities […]”
Gosh, ya think?
The process, you’ll recall, involves ripping off the head and shoulders of an Appalachian mountain. On this mountain lives a host of wildlife along with the descendants of Scotch-Irish pioneers who have never known another home, and have little power to prevent the theft of the one they have. The “removed” mountain gets dumped—believe it or not—into Appalachian ravines and streams; they are simply gone forever.
The holy grail of this mountains-to-mudflats search (thoughtful ad-men will want you to know) is “clean coal.” Coal barons can hire said pretty much whatever they like; they’ve funded generations of Appalachian politicians. Of course coal is not really the goal, nor do coal barons likely give a rip about how clean it is. Scraping Appalachia flat – destroying national treasures and poor peoples’ homes – serves one sine qua non: it makes a few rich people richer.
Even more then, say a bravo! for the EPA. The permanent destruction of our lands is too great a loss to be ignored. More millions for millionaires is a miserable trade for a mountain.
Tags: water, water+pollution, Appalachia, coal+mining, clean+coal, energy, Monte Asbury
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