Essay on Mountaintop Removal Mining

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Appalachia, a vast, beautiful panoply of lush green mountains. At least, most of the thin line of peaks that make up the Appalachian Mountains used to be that way. Currently, the continued spread of a method of coal extraction known as mountaintop removal mining has plagued areas of the eastern United States, mainly including the state of West Virginia. Throughout its increasing stages of implementation, mountaintop removal mining has caused numerous hampering effects, including causing serious harm to nearby residents, and polluting a once-pure environment. Because of this, mountaintop removal mining needs to be limited in order to preserve the natural state of the Appalachian Mountains. Mountaintop removal mining has been around for …show more content…
Additionally, the damage has already been done to the mountain and nearby streams, and thereby the reclamation process is only performed in an attempt to make the mountain look slightly nicer, but still a far cry from the peak’s original grandeur.
Valleys aren’t the only natural landscaping to be affected though; streams that had once been clean have now been polluted with waste, or have been buried completely by mountain-rock. And when water becomes corrupt, nearby life begins to suffer as well. Take the people living near mountain removal sites as an example. As the nearby water becomes dirtied, humans must watch as their clean, flowing tap water turns to a murky brown—or even black—substitute (Burning the Future: Coal in America). And think about it, this is the water they use every single day to bathe, drink, clean dishes, wash surfaces, sanitize hands, and cook with. When the water is this unclean, is it really doing its job? Is this really the water a living being deserves to be using?
Regardless of the negative affects mountaintop removal mining is causing, what kind of people are the perpetrators behind this method? As one example, there is a coal mining company called Massey Energy based in Central Appalachia which provides a fair sum of the nation’s coal reserves (“About Us”). Through their mountaintop mining exploits, they cause widespread damage to the environment around them. Evidence of this is
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