Drainage – When the underground mines were there, drainage was there. MTR exacerbated it because acquifer isn’t filtering any of the water. Acid, cadmeium, selenium, bromium, OVEC 29 health studies, click to links Remeditian Pool – Intent is to help the heavy metals drop out of the water, capture. Injection of coal slurry into the old underground mines because not set up to capture.
Consequences of Mountaintop Removal Mining
Mountaintop Removal Mining Consequences *Statistics are either direct quotes or paraphrased information
Effects on StreamsMountaintop removal mining waste has buried 1,200 miles of streams. Source: Time magazine’s “In West Virginia, a Battle over Mountaintop Mining”
Not a WaterfallMtr has exacerbated mine drainage because there is too much pressureput on the land to filter out the chemicals:arsenic, cadmium, boron, mercury, selenium, chromium, and nickel. Source: Elise Keaton, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation
Remediation PoolLined remediation pools are used to help filter the heavy metals to dropout of the water; however, they are not always used. Old undergroundmines are used as well, and they are not lined. Source: Elise Keaton, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation
Mechanized Mining & UnemploymentMtr mining reduces the amount of jobs in the coal mining industry. MTRmining replaces manpower with machinery, which lowers the coalcompanies’ overhead cost. Source: Mountaintop Removal Mining and You website
Poverty RatesHigh levels of unemployment, low incomes, and educational deficits keepmany mtr mining counties among the poorest 10 percent of countiesnationally. Source: Earthjustice’s “The Poverty of Mountaintop Removal Mining”
Larry Gibson’s GraveLarry Gibson, who died of a heart attack in September 2012, was thefounder of the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation. Over 123 acts ofviolence were committed against Gibson during his lifetime. Source: Interview with Larry Gibson
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