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Mountaintop removal mining

Jeff Lee Hansbarger

Mountaintop removal mining

an environmental impact assessment (EIA) scoping exercise and impact assessment of mining activities on aquatic resources

by Jeff Lee Hansbarger

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Published by Dept. of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV .
Written in English


Edition Notes

StatementJeff Lee Hansbarger
The Physical Object
FormatElectronic resource
Paginationvi, 75 l.
Number of Pages75
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22250319M

  The practice of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining has been carried out on at least Appalachian peaks.1 MTR mining is controversial for its environmental impacts: “Spoil”—the earth and rock dislodged by mining—is deposited in the valleys of this hilly and steep terrain,2 by some estimates burying almost 2, miles of headwater streams that ultimately feed the Mississippi River.   Mountaintop removal mining—MTR, in industry shorthand—is a catastrophic process with a refreshingly honest name. Basically, a mountain and all the life that once grew upon it .

  In , he began a research program focused on public health disparities for people in Appalachia who live in areas close to coal mining, and studying the effect that mountaintop removal .   Today, contour mining seems almost artisanal. Since the s, half the region’s coal has come from “mountaintop removal,” a slightly too-clinical term for demolishing and redistributing.

Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) is a form of surface mining increasingly being used to replace underground mining to extract coal from the Appalachian Mountain regions of eastern Kentucky, southwest West Virgina, southwest Virginia and eastern process involves using explosives to remove up to 1, vertical feet of rock to reach the coal seams.   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.


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Mountaintop removal mining by Jeff Lee Hansbarger Download PDF EPUB FB2

"Bringing Down the Mountains is an invaluable study of mountaintop removal, the most devastating coal mining practice in the United States.

Burns brings together history, politics, economics, sociology, ecology, biology, and interviews with coalfield residents with an efficacy and efficiency I’ve seen in no other book about the by:   Shirley Stewart Burns is the author of Bringing Down the Mountains, the first academic book detailing the social, environmental, political, and economic consequences of MTR mining on southern West Virginia communities.5/5(4).

Plundering Appalachia is a collection of photographs and essays detailing the grim realities of mountaintop removal mining: the effects of the blasting on the environment and the people and animals in its wake; the irreversible devastation of the natural landscape of Appalachia; how mountaintop removal is or is not regulated; and the true costs of the practice over time/5(9).

Book Overview. Bringing Down the Mountains provides insight into how mountaintop removal has affected the people and the land of southern West Virginia.

It examines the mechanization of the mining industry and the power relationships between coal interests, Mountaintop removal mining book, and. This book is consisted of several self-narration, mostly centering around the mountaintop removal in Applachian regions.

The narrators are witness to the destructive effect of coal mining or victims of strip mining explosion/5.

Stunning color photos throughout the book showcase not only the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains but also the devastation wrought by this type of mining. Mountaintop removal coal mining, which began in the s, happens when coal company workers blast mountaintops with explosives to mine coal below the mountains.

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining - The Book. 85 likes 1 talking about this. The target audience for this book is students from upper elementary through middle school, although the gravity of the.

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining - The Book. 84 likes. The target audience for this book is students from upper elementary through middle school, although the gravity of the issue and the directness. This time-series of images of a surface mine in Boone County, West Virginia, illustrates why this controversial mining method is also called “mountaintop removal.” Based on data from Landsat 5, 7, and 8, these natural-color images document the growth of the Hobet mine as it moves from ridge to ridge between to In the tradition of earlier books (Clearcut, Fatal Harvest, Thrillcraft) that used powerful imagery, compelling writing, and a large-format design to illuminate various ecological outrages, Plundering Appalachia considers the devastating assault on natural and human communities being waged by the coal industry.

Contributing writers include heroic coalfield activists like Judy Bonds, Maria. Critically examining the fierce conflicts over an intense and increasingly prevalent form of strip mining, Combating Mountaintop Removal: New Directions in the Fight against Big Coal documents the changing relationships among the coal industry, communities, environment, and economy from the perspective of local grassroots activist organizations and their broader networks._xB__xB_Drawing on powerful personal testimonies of the hazards of mountaintop removal.

This is the perfect companion book to the great film by Mari-Lynn Evans that I have called "the "Harlan County, USA" of the 21st es range from Nick Clooney, an Appalachian native and journalist, father of a famous son, to Ken Hechler, who wrote a great article on "how Congress enabled mountaintop removal mining.".

A former professor and the author of several books, Hechler lectures widely and remains a vigorous opponent of coal-mining interests that promote mountaintop removal.

Richard Heinberg, a leading educator on peak oil, is a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. Book – Non-fiction. By Jeff Biggers. (2nd edition). The untold history of coal mining in the U.S. through the lens of race, labor, and the environment.

Combating Mountaintop Removal New Directions in the Fight against Big Coal. Grassroots environmental activism in West Virginia coal country.

Drawing on powerful personal testimonies of the hazards of mountaintop removal in southern West Virginia, Combating Mountaintop Removal critically examines the fierce conflicts over this violent and increasingly prevalent form of strip mining.

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and Emergent Cases of Psychological Disorder in Kentucky Community Ment Health J. Oct;53(7) doi: /sy. Epub Feb Authors Will H Canu 1.

Welcome to the Mountaintop Removal Research Guide In this guide you will find resources relating to various aspects of mountain top removal including business practices, mining practices, and government regulations.

This contains many resources with opposing : Susan K Smith. Basics of mountaintop mining. As noted in EPA's report The Effects of Mountaintop Mines and Valley Fills on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Central Appalachian Coalfields, mountaintop mines and valley fills lead directly to five principal alterations of stream ecosystems.

springs and ephemeral, intermittent and perennial streams are permanently lost with the removal of the mountain and from. The book includes first-person testimonies from coalfields residents about life in the shadow of mountaintop-mining operations, and dissects the current coal-powered energy economy that is toxic to people and nature—and helping cook the planet.

In the long, complex history of coal exploitation in Appalachia, mountaintop-removal (MTR) mining is the most destructive practice yet visited upon the land and its people: Ancient forested mountainsides are blown up to extract the underlying coal, and the resulting debris is dumped into nearby valleys and streams.

The politics and economics of mining in the region have long allowed coal. wildlife biologist and author of Kentucky’s Last Great Places and other Kentucky wildlife books Mountaintop removal is a radical form of strip mining used in the Appalachian mountain communities that is just as it sounds – the top of mountains are removed .the Appalachian region, including mountaintop removal, contour mining and area mining.

Accordingly, this document will refer to “mountaintop mining” as including all of the types of surface mining in this region. Nonetheless, the economics of MTM and underground mining are inter-related, and one mining technique cannot replace the other.Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia would be a great resource to both academic and public libraries not only within the Appalachian region but beyond.” Tennessee Libraries “Even-handed in its treatment, Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia presents a significant contribution to the literature.

I know of no other book that casts the MTM issue in.