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Successful Week of Anti-Mountaintop Removal Activity in Lexington
by Maude Richards and Micah Lee Sunday, Jun. 19, 2005 at 1:16 PM
During the week of June 13 in Lexington, KY, a meal of toxic coal sludge scraped out of a stream in eastern Kentucky was delivered to the president of a coal advocacy group, hundreds of concerned citizens attended an anti-mountain top removal (MTR) rally and march that ended at Kentucky Utility's headquarters, a film festival educated Lexingtonians about the dangers of strip mining and its repercussions, and activists passed out literature on the streets, all part of Mountain Justice Summer's week in Lexington, Kentucky.
Mountain Justice Summer (MJS), an anti-MTR campaign occurring in a
number of Appalachian states, is working to raise public awareness
about the adverse environmental, economic, and health effects of this
form of strip mining, and to pressure the corporations involved into
ceasing their destruction of one of the world's most biologically
diverse ecosystems. Volunteers have come from as far away as Arizona
and Seattle to join local organizers and residents of West Virginia,
Kentucky, Tennessee, and southwest Virginia.
Mountain Justice Summer (MJS) seeks to add to the growing
anti-MTR citizens movement. Specifically MJS demands an
abolition of MTR, steep slope strip mining and all other forms
of surface mining for coal. We want to protect the cultural
and natural heritage of the Appalachia coal fields. We want to
contribute with grassroots organizing, public education,
nonviolent civil disobedience and other forms of citizen action.
To let them know how you feel,
by anon. engineer Monday, Jun. 20, 2005 at 2:31 PM
The author wrote...
"Sludge, the carcinogenic, heavy-metal-filled by-product of the coal cleaning process, is often stored by the billions of gallons behind dams at MTR sites that are directly above houses and even elementary schools."
Sorry to say, but coal refuse impoundments are not a part of MTR, but are the by-product of any type of coal mining, increasingly from conventional underground mining.
The claims that fine coal refuse (FCR), what you are calling "sludge" is carcinogenic, is without foundation unless you present data demonstrating it. You seem to be pulling this assertation out of thin air. Also, the presence of harmful levels of leachable or releasable heavy metals in the FCR is also unfounded, without showing it with data.
The way to convince me or anyone else is to show appropriate chemical analytical data from samples of the stuff. I have searched the whole OVEC web site for actual data but can find none. They can afford to hire airplanes for their nice areal photos but that have not bothered to spend a few thousand dollars to hire a environmental testing lab.
There are plenty of leigitmate reasons to oppose MTR - notably it's huge, permanent social and ecological impacts relative to other alternatives. Don't make claims which can paint you as misinformed or even deliberately lying.
I also would watch out about becoming outright anti-coal mining, the culture of the (conventional underground) coal mining is still a big thing in the Applalacians and still a source of the only good-paying jobs.
The whole coal mining/electrical generation cycle is certainly harmful - but the mines are only responding to the demand of electric power industry, which in turn encourge extremely proflagrate and wasteful amounts of electrical consumption. I'd attack the roblem at the consumption end myself.
mountain top coal swiper Ross & friends
by Mrexplainall Thursday, Apr. 05, 2007 at 5:22 AM
I wanted to share an image of a USA's newest mountain top removal coal stealing whore (besides TECO) Wilbur Ross & friends. He founded the company International Coal Group year 2004.