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Environmental justice and coal mining in Appalachia ...

Early attempts to regulate strip-mining on the state level were largely unsuccessful due to lax enforcement. The Appalachian Group to Save the Land and the People was founded in 1965 to stop surface mining. In 1968, Congress held the first hearings on strip mining. Ken Hechler introduced the first strip-mining abolition bill in Congress in 1971 ...

What EPA is Doing to Reduce the Adverse Impacts of Surface ...

 · On this page, you can learn about how EPA implements environmental laws that affect surface coal mining in Appalachia, and about other EPA efforts to reduce the adverse impacts of coal mining: Related Information. Links to all regulations that apply to the Mining …

Coal Mining in Northern Appalachia

 · MSHA blames W. Va, miner fatality on ill-equipped machinery. April 11, 2012. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released a report Wednesday, investigating the death of a miner last October working for the Shoemaker Mine in Dallas, W. Va. Charles McIntire, a 62-year-old employee of Consol Energy suffered fatal injuries when he dismounted the piece of equipment he was ...

Environmental justice and coal mining in Appalachia ...

 · In fact, the West ia Department of Environmental Protection celebrated Earth Day by rubber-stamping a new strip-mining permit for an out …

Law to Halt Strip-Mining Abuses Is Widely Ignored ...

 · It was seven years ago that a self-styled developer named Peyton Smith began blasting away the side of a mountain overlooking the nearby Rockcastle River for …

In Appalachia, the coal industry is in collapse, but the ...

 · In the 1970s, as more and more of the readily available coal was extracted from West ia''s underground mines and ridge lines, companies decided to take strip mining to its logical ...

Strip mining health study must continue in Appalachia ...

 · More: Trump administration halts strip-mining health study across Central Appalachia. Kentucky''s other congressional leaders must push back against the …

Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal ...

 · Before strip mining, the Appalachian foothills and mountains were covered in uninterrupted forest. Today it is a patchwork quilt of mining …

Our History – The Alliance for Appalachia

The Appalachian region boasts a long, proud history of resistance by individuals, organizations, and alliances working to stop strip mining abuses in the region, beginning in the 1960s. The Appalachian Coalition Against Strip Mining formalized some of these efforts in the 1970s by working with a national coalition of groups from coalfields ...

Plundering Appalachia

Mountaintop removal is strip-mining on steroids. Massive dump trucks, huge bulldozers, and ten-story-high draglines can undo in months what geological processes took millions of years to build. Typically, multiple coal seams are exposed as a mountaintop-removal operation dismantles the …

One region with two parts 300 miles apart having a similar ...

Mining Coal in Appalachia • Coal mining was very labor intensive. – Tunnels were dug by hand. – Coal was mined by hand. • Mechanization = fewer miners. • Unions protested the use of machinery. – Mine workers carried coal to the surface. •The first conveyor belt for use in coal mines was invented and installed in the early1900s.

American Coal Mining | Strip Mines | Fossil Fuels ...

 · for over 25 years coal companies have strip mined thousand of acres of american appalchian mountains. thousand of acres of country are laid waste as whole mo...

Strip Mining In Appalachia | Special Collections Research ...

Surface mining, strip mining, and mountaintop removal are terms that are often incorrectly used interchangeably. This pathfinder focuses on the history of strip mining in Appalachia including grass roots resistance, cultural and environmental impact, and to a lesser extent, coal industry depictions of strip mining and its impact on Appalachia.

Inside Appalachia: What Happened When VISTAs Came to a W ...

 · However, there was not a system to hold mining companies accountable for land reclamation once they had stripped the mountain for coal. One of the companies had drilled into an old mine site, and old water from inside that mine began pouring down the mountain. Boulders from the explosions at the strip mines had also shot into the air near homes.

These Striking Photos Will Change the Way You Look at Coal ...

A former Massey-run mountaintop removal mining site in West ia. The tiny patch of grass at the top of the mountain is a cemetery to which families have fought to have regular, safe access.

Strip Mining Appalachia''s History

Strip Mining Appalachia''s History. posted by scott parkin. We''re starting hear rumblings that Arch Coal might be preparing to begin mountaintop removal coal mining operations on historic Blair Mountain. Blair Mountain is the site of the second largest armed …

Appalachia''s Strip-Mined Mountains Face a Growing Climate ...

 · The Army Corps acknowledged at least as far back as 2000 that strip mining with valley fills could increase runoff. And a major environmental impact study on mountaintop mining published by the EPA in 2011 reported that storms can produce greater stream flows in watersheds with mountaintop mining and valley fills compared to unmined watersheds, especially in heavier rains.

Trump administration halts strip-mining health study ...

 · Trump administration halts strip-mining health study across Central Appalachia ... "We have a public health crisis in Appalachia that is the direct result of mountaintop removal mining…

How to Restore a Million Acres of Strip-Mined Land? Bring ...

 · Wildlife restoration is just one of the new uses of about 1.5 million acres of Central Appalachian land affected by strip- and mountaintop-removal-mining since the 1970s. Other communities have turned their land into sites for solar energy farms, outdoor recreation hubs, industrial parks, and more.

strip mining Appalachian towns | The Pop History Dig

 · The song, written for Prine''s father, is about how coal mining altered the countryside in western Kentucky. In this case, the type of mining at issue was strip mining. Companies such as Amax, Pittsburg & Midway, and Peabody Coal Company had either acquired coal land or engaged in strip mining in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky during the 1960s ...

Coal Mining in Appalachia and Environmental Justice

 · The Kanawha Forest Coalition has successfully stopped a strip-mining operation from continuing to mine a 418-acre parcel of land that sits next to Kanawha State Park. A positive step forward to save mountains, streams and health of the community (Steelhammer, 2016).

Human Health Impacts – Appalachian Voices

Heavily strip-mined communities in Appalachia are among the unhealthiest in the U.S. In 2013, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Kentucky and West ia — the two states where mountaintop removal is most prevalent — second to last, and dead last in …

Hand-Planted Forests Reclaiming Strip Mines in Appalachia ...

 · The environmental legacy of coal mining in Appalachia is not pretty. Strip mining sheared mountaintops, polluted waterways, and left scars on the land. An estimated 1.5 million acres of land in seven states—Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, ia, West ia, and Tennessee—covered by the Appalachian Regional Reforestation ...

Strip Mining in Appalachia (Film) – Appalshop

Strip Mining In Appalachia is an early Appalshop examination of the desecration of land and communities through surface mining of coal. A mine operator''s opinion that environmental impact is minimal is contrasted with statements from people whose homes have been ruined by bad mining practices. Aerial footage is used to show strip mines, while ...

Bacterial Ecology of Strip Mine Areas and Its Relationship ...

make up the Appalachia coal mining region produce acidic mine drainage, which pollutes 10,500 miles of streams (Acid Aline Drainage in Appalachia, 1969). It is estimated that more than 370,000 acres of strip mined land will re-quire some form of reclamation in Ohio. Of this total, 180,000 acres are inactive or abandoned acres that will require a

Abandoned Mined Land Reclamation in Appalachia | Special ...

According to a compilation of individual states'' data, it has been estimated that over 8.4 billion acres of land nationwide have been disturbed by strip mining practices, including at least 1.2 million by mountaintop removal mining in Central Appalachia. This data is reported on a yearly basis to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation ...

Opponents Move to Curb Appalachia Strip Mining

 · "If strip mining is hot abol ished in Appalachia, It will be the most dangerous occupation in America," Mr. Branscoine told a Senate subcoMinittee On Nov. 16. "I cannot emphasize too greatly ...

The Development of Strip Mining in Southern Appalachia

The Development of Strip Mining in Southern Appalachia by ROBERT F. MUNN It is often difficult for those living in the 1970''s to realize that strip mining attracted very little public attention during most of its history. And that history is a long one. Much of the earliest coal mining in North America would now be called strip mining. The set-

A Troubling Look at the Human Toll of Mountaintop Removal ...

 · The devastating environmental impacts of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia have long been well documented. But over the last decade, Indiana University researcher Michael Hendryx has been examining another consequence of this form of coal surface mining that had previously been overlooked: the health impacts on the people in the surrounding communities.

Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness Radical ...

This may have been a fairly good representation of strip mining in Appalachia in 2006, however the passing of time should also be taken into account, as the subject is an ever-evolving industry. Reece spent a whole year, from September 2003 to September 2004, watching one mountain in Kentucky as it was destroyed for the purpose of extracting coal.

This is a strip mine in Appalachia. Strip mining is the ...

Aug 22, 2013 - This is a strip mine in Appalachia. Strip mining is the process of removing land, sometimes entire mountains, in order to extract coal. It shapes the the land by completely changing the topography. Additionally, strip mining creates erosion and runoff into water.