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taylor50-140

USA
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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  09:29:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been reading several links concerning the removal of mountain tops for coal mining. This is OUTRAGEOUS! The mining companies are literally blasting and removing the mountain tops, dumping the non-usable debris down into the valleys, thereby closing off streams, detroying homes, ect., all in the name of being "more economical" to get the coal out of the ground this way.

I won't rant or rave about my person thoughts, but since this is occuring in the Appalacian Mountains, read it for yourself, watch the videos, and draw your own conclusions. Are our mountains next?

I'm also not so good at shortening the web address thingys, so if ADMIN could this, I would appreciate it.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061105/ap_on_re_us/google_mountaintop_mining

http://www.ilovemountains.org/

http://www.appvoices.org/


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fawn

USA
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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  09:37:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit fawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's a disgusting practice that has been going on for years in Ky and WV (where I was born). I hope that we have zero coal in the southern Appalachians.

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mad4martinis

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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  09:57:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Posted - 11/05/2006 :  10:33:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Coal mining in Ky and W.Va. has literally raped the countryside. If you read the history of coal mines, and there are a lot of books, movies on this subject, you will find that most coal mines were and are owned by New York based mine conglomerates. In prior year profit was the motive, not land or miners welfare.I saw first hand the blight caused by strip mining during my brief stint as a coal mine inspector for insurance companies.

It will never get better until the law in changed, NOT, allowing outside interest to have underground mineral rights. Mineral rights should be the sole property of the land owner.

The smae problem exist right here in Georgia, not coal but Kaolin. Kaolin mines are all over middle Georgia and the same problems occurs there as Ky and W.Va with coal mines.

If interested, read the book, "White Gold and Pink Cadillacs". It will be an eye opener.

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