Mountaintop Removal Mining     Consequences       *Statistics are either direct quotes or paraphrased information
THE LAND
Mountaintop Removal Mining SiteMountaintop removal mines in Appalachia have demolished anestimated 1.4 million acres of fo...
Manmade Mine CrackMine cracks form in the land within miles of mtr sites due to the strengthof the mining blast.          ...
THE WATER
Effects on StreamsMountaintop removal mining waste has buried 1,200 miles of streams.  Source: Time magazine’s “In West Vi...
Not a WaterfallMtr has exacerbated mine drainage because there is too much pressureput on the land to filter out the chemi...
Remediation PoolLined remediation pools are used to help filter the heavy metals to dropout of the water; however, they ar...
THE PEOPLE
Mechanized Mining & UnemploymentMtr mining reduces the amount of jobs in the coal mining industry. MTRmining replaces manp...
Poverty RatesHigh levels of unemployment, low incomes, and educational deficits keepmany mtr mining counties among the poo...
Larry Gibson’s GraveLarry Gibson, who died of a heart attack in September 2012, was thefounder of the Keeper of the Mounta...
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  • 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

    1. 1. Mountaintop Removal Mining Consequences *Statistics are either direct quotes or paraphrased information
    2. 2. THE LAND
    3. 3. Mountaintop Removal Mining SiteMountaintop removal mines in Appalachia have demolished anestimated 1.4 million acres of forested hills. Source: Sierra Magazine’s “The Cost of Coal”
    4. 4. Manmade Mine CrackMine cracks form in the land within miles of mtr sites due to the strengthof the mining blast. Source: Danny Chiotos, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation
    5. 5. THE WATER
    6. 6. 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”
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. THE PEOPLE
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. 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”
    12. 12. 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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