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Coal Mining’s Legacy: Mountains, Forests and Streams Destroyed

October 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

eb-coalminingBlasting the tops off mountains to extract coal in Appalachia has destroyed or severely damaged more than a million acres of forest over the last 20 years, and buried close to 2,000 miles of streams.

A new video, Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining, examines this practice and its environmental and social consequences. The video was produced by Yale Environment 360 in collaboration with MediaStorm.

The video’s release coincides neatly with a national day of action to stop mountaintop removal; on Friday, Oct. 30, actions will be held across the country to call for an end to the practice. It’s organized by Mountain Justice, Energy Justice Network and Rainforest Action Network. Sign up at National Day of Action to End MTR.

— Suzanne Bopp

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