The fact is, is that mountaintop removal is one of the worst forms of coal mining imaginable.
Despite anyones best efforts, coal mining leaves pools of coal ash and other horrible substances that make up coal- in retaining, with cases of dams bursting, as such in one case, where a school is constantly threatened by yet another case of an unstable dam.
I can hardly see how a looming threat is “beneficial”. Schoolchildren should not have to grow up learning that there is a coal mine and a dam that could burst at any time and flood their community in coal sludge.
Take a moment to look at kentuckycoal.org’s argument:
Mountaintop removal in Kentucky has been very positive. This mining practice only impacts the top 10% of the mountain, provides much needed and valuable level land, handsomely pays the surface owner several thousand dollars for the use of his land, and leaves the land many times more valuable than prior to mining. I know if I were a surface owner, I would insist that the land be left level with numerous ponds.
Fairly level tracts with ponds and a wide road leading to the top of one’s property are only a dream for most Appalachian landowners, whose steep inaccessible land can only provide sporadic timbering and hunting.
Why do we need level land in Eastern Kentucky? If we are to truly develop a long-term economic future there, useable land out of the floodplains is critical. If it were not for coal, Appalachia would be an sparsely populated area. It was shortly after the turn of the 19th Century that coal began building the many coal towns in Appalachia, bringing with it a newfound prosperity.
Newfound prosperity? You mean all those bare mountains whose ecosystem and structure cannot be replaced? Sure, i can really see prosperity.
When a mountain is topped, it basically becomes a beacon for development- perhaps these people forgot about the damage this could cause to natural ecosystems?
Oh sorry, the preservation of the ecosystem as we know it is endangering prosperity- id better step aside.
After all, its just the food web.
Oh, and dont forget that Coal mining is apparently condoned by the Almighty, or so they say-
“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all mankind shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:4-5, (New American Bible)