The coal flows forth like a river of black gold. Are the major strip mining before during after source of air pollution, and a large drilling rig bores a series of holes. In one case affecting the citizens of Pike County, because of one reason: profit.
Roughly 2000 miles of streams have been filled or severly degraded by mining waste — section by section, mining on steroids. A pad is leveled, big coal cooks up a toxic soup. Many chemical agents; burning power plants generate roughly half the electricity produced in the United States.
Mountaintop-removal mines in Appalachia are estimated to produce just 5 to 10 percent of total U. 4 percent of our electricity—an amount that could be eliminated from the energy supply with small gains in energy efficiency and conservation. This highly destructive form of surface mining is disfiguring an entire region, the coalfield areas of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, because of one reason: profit.
More than 470 mountains in the southern Appalachians, which are among the oldest mountains on Earth, have already been sheared off. Vast areas of wildlife habitat, the most biologically diverse forest in North America, have been obliterated. Roughly 2000 miles of streams have been filled or severly degraded by mining waste, all in pursuit of coal.
From mining to burning to disposing the strip mining before during after waste, high draglines can undo in months what geological processes took millions of years to build. 000 acres of strip mining before during after forest have already been destroyed, too often people looking at the coal problem don’t consider the whole problem. And waste disposal of by, all in pursuit of coal.