10 Jun '11, 8pm

Farron Cousins | Massey Energy Is Not The Only Mountaintop Removal Mining Villain

are marching to Blair Mountain in West Virginia to call for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. The march commemorates the Battle of Blair Mountain – one of the most significant labor battles in American history, and one of the few times in history when a sitting U.S. president threatened to use air strikes against American citizens. The group Appalachia Rising organized the march to draw attention to the practice of mountaintop mining, which is destroying large swaths of the Appalachian Mountains. Blair Mountain was added to a list of historic U.S. sites back in 2008, but due to pressure from the coal industry , the mountain was removed from the protected list and could now be subjected to mountaintop removal mining. Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) entails blowing the tops off of entire mountains in order to extract the coal seems within. The method became popular...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/massey-energy-not-only-mountain...

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