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Old 02-15-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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I wonder if the coal lobby ever posts on this board... Anyway, I feel like the real treasure is the diverse habitat and ecosystems! Not to mention the drinking water for the east coast!

Did you know that the native people used to call the appalachian mountains the Liver of the earth? The water was once so clean. Not so nowadays, silt and heavy metals run off from mine sites and poison the habitat as well as our bodies.

It's just so sad that we are destroying these ancient mountains. The very same mountains that repopulated north america with trees after the last ice age!
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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I wonder if the coal lobby ever posts on this board... Anyway, I feel like the real treasure is the diverse habitat and ecosystems! Not to mention the drinking water for the east coast!

Did you know that the native people used to call the appalachian mountains the Liver of the earth? The water was once so clean. Not so nowadays, silt and heavy metals run off from mine sites and poison the habitat as well as our bodies.

It's just so sad that we are destroying these ancient mountains. The very same mountains that repopulated north america with trees after the last ice age!
Unfortunately coal controls the state. The state government is a front for a few companies and special interest groups.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:52 PM
 
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Strip mining is not common in the northern part of the state because the coal seems here are much thicker and it is economical to mine them underground. There is, however, one strip mine located north of town near I79. The practice is endemic in the southern part of the state where the coal seems are not nearly as thick. It seems every other mountaintop in that region is being removed for coal. Actually, you can see it from 7 miles in the air if you were to fly over the area in a plane.
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