Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Last Mountain: A fight for our future (Video) *Mountain Top Removal: reducing mountains to rubble*

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Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining


Mountain Top Removal North American ecosystems are already being destroyed continent-wide, but mountain top removal (MTR) coal mining is catastrophic and the ultimate environmental Apocalypse. As Michael Rose in the Huffington Post stated, "Every day the sound made by the detonation of four million pounds of explosives echoes through the West Virginia mountains as a small army of companies wages a war on the ridges laying bare the coal formed over 200 million years ago. Like all wars, even environmental ones, there's collateral damage." Taking the tops off mountains is a violent business and all is laid waste. No semblance of the original ecosystem remains once it is blasted to pieces: no rocks, no water, no trees, no plants, no insects, no wildlife. The damage is mind-boggling, it is estimated to-date that mountain top removal coal mining has destroyed 500 Appalachian mountains, 1 million acres of forest, and buried 2,000 miles of streams. There are hundreds of leaking, spilling, and poisonous coal sludge impoundments, of which Massey Energy alone has created 300+. There is also the air pollution from the explosions and mining and those carcinogenic particles ultimately settle for miles around at homes, communities, forests, streams, lakes. Mountain top removal coal mining results in unimaginable debris and toxic waste.

Reducing Mountains to Rubble In the trailer below, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. describes the magnitude of explosives used in mountain top removal coal mining as, "the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb once a week". Massey Energy Company (acquired by Alpha Natural Resources on June 1, 2011) has become "the single most destructive coal mining company in history". Massey Energy has a dismal record of uncountable environmental and safety violations (60,000+ from 2000 through 2006 per Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.). RFK Jr. succinctly states, "Corporations do not want democracy, they want profits". The Last Mountain is the story of a community that fights back to protect Coal River Mountain and stop Massey Energy.

The Last Mountain - Official Trailer The fight for the last great mountain in America's Appalachian heartland pits the mining giant that wants to explode it to extract the coal within, against the community fighting to preserve the mountain and build a wind farm on its ridges instead. The Last Mountain highlights a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.


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