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09 oktober 2007

'Mountaintop removal' kolenwinning sloopt bergtoppen

By Antrim Caskey, AlterNet, Posted October 9, 2007

Thanks to Bush, Big Coal uses 3 million pounds of explosives each day in West Virginia to fuel our addiction to dirty energy.

On a calm, clear morning in the forested mountains of southern West Virginia, 12-year-old Chrystal Gunnoe played outdoors in the green mountain valley where her family has lived for hundreds of years. It was Veteran's Day and a school holiday. Chrystal's mother, Maria Gunnoe, 38, was inside when she heard her daughter yell for help.

Gunnoe rushed outside to find Chrystal coming towards her. Chrystal was coughing and struggling to breath, running from a strange-looking cloud that was moving down the valley and headed towards their house. Gunnoe would later learn the strange cloud came from something known as a "slow burning blast" -- an explosion set at the coal mine above her home that failed to ignite and instead burned slowly, releasing a wet toxic cloud of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide.

Gunnoe lives in Bob White, W.Va., where coal companies have become increasingly unfriendly neighbors. Her home is surrounded by thousands of acres where a radically destructive type of coal mining is practiced - mountaintop removal/valley fill (MTR) coal mining - and it's turning Maria Gunnoe's life upside down.

Later toegevoegd:

Why the Democratic Party Platform Should Call for End to Mountaintop Removal Mining
Door Jeff Biggers, Alternet, 27 augustus 2012

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