Deep layers of underground coal are all but gone in West Virginia after 200 years of relentless mining, leaving thinner seams of coal on top of the state's beautiful mountains. But surface mining carries a huge cost: nothing less than mountains themselves. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how the Appalachian landscape is being fundamentally and irrevocably changed.
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Massive corporations are blowing up mountains and creating environmental ruins in West Virginia. All this devastation, just to extract some coal. We went to West Virginia to investigate mountain-top removal -- which a way of extracting coal from deposits under mountains. Instead of drilling into the mountain and sending men underground to take out the coal in the traditional way, they just take the whole top of a mountain off. Hosted by Derrick Beckles | Originally aired on http://VICE.com in 2009 Watch more VICE documentaries here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Presents Subscribe for videos that are actually good: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/vice/videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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In Appalachia, coal companies blow the tops off of mountains to get at the coal. The damage this does to the surrounding environment and water supply is devastating. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About From The Ashes: From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be in the current political climate. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Coal Mining's Environmental Impact | From The Ashes https://youtu.be/ynN39sfqT8w National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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Research investigator Michael Hendryx studies mountaintop removal, an explosive type of surface coal mining used in Appalachia that comes with unexpected health hazards. In this data-packed talk, Hendryx presents his research and tells the story of the pushback he's received from the coal industry, advocating for the ethical obligation scientists have to speak the truth. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS, W. Va. -- The United States is known as the Saudi Arabia of coal, with over 50 percent of our electricity generated by this abundant natural resource. Coal also generates tremendous controversy. Much of the debate centers not on pollution, but getting the coal out of the ground.
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beneath the surface COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS FOR THE GLOBAL MINING THREAT Project Vision: Preventing Human Rights Abuses Related to Mining The objective of this multi-‐year project is to build a multimedia toolkit that educates, empowers, and connects communities impacted by extractive industries. The toolkit aims to stop human rights abuses before they occur and to put communities in a strong position to protect their rights and fight for justice. The project uses videos to share stories and practical advice from communities already impacted by mining with communities where mining will soon occur. These stories will form the foundation of a video toolkit that provides communities with strategies and techniques for protecting their rights, and inspires them to action. Cutting Edge Tools for Community Organizations All videos will be published with a facilitator’s guide to help maximize the impact of video screenings and support communities in taking meaningful action. Videos will be distributed on DVDs, USBs, and online, along with links to relevant guides and further information on key topics and strategies covered in the videos. Key partners will also be provided with projection equipment and hands-‐on training to launch their grassroots distribution program. Video Collection: Year 1 ● The Impacts of Mining (Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe) ● Baseline Data and Environmental Monitoring (Nigeria) ● Community Mapping and Resistance to Mining (Ghana) ● Building a Resistance Movement (Peru, forthcoming) ● Negotiating for Environmental Protections (Bolivia, forthcoming) ● Resettlement and Relocation (Zimbabwe, forthcoming) Iteration & Year 2 The second phase of our project emphasizes distribution, feedback, and iteration. We will hold special screenings with target audiences in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other countries where mining poses an imminent threat. We are also seeking feedback from experts and practitioners on how to improve the content, and our distribution and implementation strategy. Get Involved! If you’re interested in collaborating on the project, hosting a screening, or providing advice or feedback, please contact Jessie Landerman at [email protected]
Views: 5670 African Coalition for Corporate Accountability
With Republican presidential candidates eager to reduce environmental regulations and increase domestic energy production the Telegraph goes to Eastern Kentucky to investigate one of the most controversial energy production processes, mountain-top removal. Video by Alastair Good http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/alastair-good/
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For more videos, go to http://news.discovery.com/videos/discovery-news-earth/. Mountaintop mining causes permanent damage to the environment and exposes people to serious health risks, says a new report by a leading group of scientists. Jorge Ribas reports.
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Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this video shows firsthand footage of mountaintop removal coal mining and its impacts on Appalachian mountains, drinking water and families. Mountaintop removal is a mining practice where explosives are used to blast the tops off mountains to expose the thin seams of coal beneath. Once blasted, earth and coal dust from the mountaintop is dumped into neighboring valleys and waterways. Hundreds of mountaintops have been lost forever to MTR, and according to a 2005 environmental impact statement, nearly 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams have already been buried or contaminated by the devastating mining practice. Take action today and tell banks to stop financing this American tragedy at http://ran.org/mtrbanks
Views: 58508 Rainforest Action Network
The Trump administration and United States Congress have endangered public health by ending measures, including defunding a scientific study, that address the human and environmental risks of mountaintop removal, a form of surface coal mining prevalent in central Appalachia.
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More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of "Blowin' in the Wind," sung by Willie Nelson. This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.iLoveMountains.org.
Views: 5381 iLoveMountainsOrg
This is a scene from PBS's unprecedented four-part TV series, APPALACHIA: A HISTORY OF MOUNTAINS AND PEOPLE. The film travels through time and terrain to uncover the depth of the Appalachian story. With Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek as narrator, magnificent visuals, colorful stories, and insightful interviews with experts like author Barbara Kingsolver and Pulitzer Prize winning scientist E.O. Wilson, the cast of scientists, historians, and artists weaves a surprising tale that twists and climbs like a remote mountain road. This groundbreaking four-part series airs on PBS Thursdays, April 9-30, 2009, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).
Views: 7865 OnandOnPR
Explore mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachian Mountains of the US. Take a geographical trip to the Appalachian Mountains and see the problems caused by mountain top removal coal mining. Historical overlays highlight the magnitude of mountain loss. Virtually visit the 470 mountains, and take a guided tour of one mountain, learning how it's mined and the consequences for the natural habitat and people. See more examples of public benefit work in Google Earth at http://earth.google.com/outreach/showcase.html
Views: 394642 Google Earth
In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal. The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal. The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain's top off to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states. Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, Big Coal corporations repeat the process daily in the name of profit. Massive profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than 40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner's best friend. As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal's control over our future. This fact and a belief that America was founded on the democratic principal that no individual or corporation owns the air and water and we all share the responsibility of protecting it, drives these patriotic citizens and their supporters from outside of Appalachia, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting.A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans when they fight for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on America's energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all. Written, directed and produced by Bill Haney, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder and president of the eco-housing start-up, Blu Homes, THE LAST MOUNTAIN was co-written and edited by Peter Rhodes and produced by Clara Bingham and Eric Grunebaum. Narrated by William Sadler, the film features original music by composer Claudio Ragazzi and includes the song "Your Control" by Crooked Fingers and Neko Case. Category:
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Christians and the environment. As proposed new rules may allow coal companies to expand mountain top removal mining, Bill Moyers Journal takes viewers to the mountains of West Virginia, which are being stripped for their coal with often disastrous environmental consequences for surrounding communities, to report on local evangelical Christians who are turning to their faith to help save the earth. The program airs Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS. To watch online visit: http://wwww.pbs.org/moyers Check your local listings at: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/about/airdates.html
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Aerial footage of the Spruce #1 MTR strip mine near the towns of Blair and Sharples, in Logan County, WV. The original mining permit proposed stripping 3,113 acres, but was reduced to 2,265 after legal challenges. What you see here is fewer than 500 acres that have been mined so far. Many of the surrounding mountains and streams will be destroyed if this mine isn't stopped. Click the link below for a satellite map showing the area that's been mined. You can see the entire area covered by the permit by selecting the "mining permits" box at the upper right: http://tagis.dep.wv.gov/imap/imap.php?lod=81&lom=47&los=52.0000&lad=37&lam=52&las=39.0000 Permit Details: https://apps.dep.wv.gov/WebApp/_dep/search/Permits/OMR/Permit_details.cfm?permit_id=S501397&dep_office_id=OMR&responsible_party_name=MINGO%20LOGAN%20COAL%20COMPANY
Views: 9451 Kanawha Forest Coalition
Appalachian Voices, a small non-profit organization in North Carolina, is using Google Earth and Google Maps to help people grasp the scale of destruction from mountaintop removal for coal mining. You can fly over the mines in Google Earth or use Google Maps API to learn how you are using power from mines in Appalachia.
Views: 56591 Google Earth
Matt Wasson is an ecologist, and he sees a problem. Every week in Appalachia, West Virginia, mountaintops are blown up to get coal. This fills the air with toxic dust clouds and lowers the water quality for those living around the mountains. But it’s not just an issue for the immediate vicinity. “The idea of blowing up these mountains to power our light switches is a very sad prospect,” Matt says. Coal companies blow up the mountaintops, but we can’t afford to be wasteful and careless in how we produce and consume energy any longer. We must take responsibility for our actions toward nature and the effect they will have on future generations. We must protect our mountains. And that’s exactly what Matt, director of programs for Appalachian Voices, plans to do. Join the award-winning online campaign he created, and stand up to stop mountaintop removal coal mining on http://iLoveMountains.org. -- Produced by Wanderlust Festival (http://wanderlust.com) Filmed and edited by: Circus Picnic (http://circuspicnic.com/) Filmed at Wanderlust Snowshoe 2015 Additional footage: (http://appalachianvoices.org)
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Mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying Appalachia. http://www.stopmountaintopremoval.org Thousands of acres and hundreds of miles of streams and rivers are being permanently demolished while state and federal governments look the other way. The culture and history of Appalachia is disappearing with each mountaintop that is blown away. Mountaintop removal mining is the worst environmental disaster our country has ever known, and it's time this destructive mining practice ends!
Views: 6404 Earthjustice
On June 9, 2010 artist and activist Ashley Judd spoke at the National Press Club. Her speech on mountaintop removal mining, and her ties to Kentucky, are moving and inspirational.
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Coal isn't clean, and its definitely not cheap. Across the Appalachians, the cost is being paid in entire mountaintops -- and in the health of the environment and its people. Between the hollows of West Virginia, beyond the bluegrass of Kentucky, and above the smoky vistas of Tennessee, companies are blowing the mountains to smithereens to get at the thin coal seams below. In the process, they are clear cutting miles of forests, filling the rivers with blasted debris, polluting the waters with toxic waste, and sacrificing the safety and sanctity of countless communities. Mountaintop removal mining is not just devastating the regions environment and quality of life. It is also steadily crushing the heart of Appalachia. Flyover courtesy SouthWings.org
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From living with contaminated water in his own home as a child, to being forced out of his house for speaking out against the coal company, Junior Walk's path to activism was not an easy one. His courage and clear voice calling for change has been widely recognized. Today Walk works with Coal River Mountain Watch, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, and RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival) to end mountaintop removal mining. He travels the country with the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation educating people about the long-term environmental, health and community degradation caused by coal mining. He was a recipient of the prestigious Brower Youth Awards in 2011. The late renowned environmentalist and climber David Brower famously said, "Tough mountains build bold leaders." Junior Walk is one of the many courageous and bold leaders whom the Appalachian Mountains have built. Also featuring Chase Brown, Keeper of the Mountains Foundation.
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Mountain top removal in Alabama. Sloan Mountain Mine owned by MS&R Equipment Co. This strip mine is located on a bend along the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Jefferson County, Alabama. In addition to a long list of problems, the runoff from this mine has been pouring a significant amount of sediments and contaminants into the Locust Fork River. Mines like this are being increasingly permitted throughout Alabama. In Alabama there are weak regulations and lax enforcement of them, making it easy for coal companies to destroy mountains, alter wildlife habitat, mine through and pollute streams, and diminish the quality of life for nearby residents. A strip mine can clear the forest, blast, and excavate over 200 feet deep within just 100 feet of a river and within 300 feet of an inhabited home. Visit http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/coal-mining.html to find out more.
Views: 50746 Hunter Nichols
To the men and women that work tirelessly in and out of the mines and to the six men trapped in the Crandall Canyon Mine in Huntington, Utah. Photo essay on coal mining in Appalachia. All photos by Jenn Ackerman www.jennackerman.com
Views: 5716 Jenn Ackerman
A Congressional hearing this morning focused in part on efforts by Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and others to study the health consequences of mountaintop removal coal mining. Displaying a bottle of contaminated water from the well of the Urias family in Eastern Kentucky, Yarmuth questioned Dr. Matthew Wasson, director of programs for Appalachian Voices, about the need for such a study. The hearing took place in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. "They don't need a website in their community to know there's a health problem associated with that water," Yarmuth said of those who live near mountaintop removal mining sites. "If that were the drinking water here in Congress, we not only wouldn't drink it -- we would not stand for it." Despite more than 20 peer-reviewed studies showing correlations between increased health risks and mountaintop removal mining, the federal government has yet to conduct a single study on the health consequences of the practice, in which coal operators use heavy machinery and explosives to remove upper levels of mountains and access coal seams beneath. These operations often result in contamination of surrounding land and water supplies. This Congress, Yarmuth introduced H.R. 526, the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, which would halt permits for mountaintop removal mining operations until the federal government can study its health impacts on nearby communities and declare the practice safe. According to recent peer-reviewed research, people living near mountaintop removal coal mining sites have increased rates of cancer, birth defects, and mortality. Additionally, an analysis in the journal Science found communities near mountaintop removal coal mining sites experience higher rates of chronic heart, lung, and kidney disease, as well as higher levels of adult hospitalizations for chronic pulmonary disorders and hypertension.
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Novelist House (Clay's Quilt) and Kentucky journalist Howard, both "children of Appalachia," decided to pick up where the national media have left off in their environmental obsession, illuminating the long-growing mining crisis in Central Appalachia. Twelve Appalachians-among them a college student, former union organizers, community activists and the octogenarian "mother of folk," Jean Ritchey-provide first-hand accounts of a disappearing way of life, a vital ecology in rapid decline, an industry that refuses to take responsibility for the devastation it causes (blowing the tops off mountains is only the latest, most destructive technique), and a nation too hooked on cheap energy to help. If nothing else, these oral histories will give readers a sense of what's at stake on a personal level. Student Nathan Hall calls mining the best job he ever had: "I met the most interesting characters of my life... the most hilarious, most good hearted." Says Judy Bond, lifelong resident of the leading coal-producing county in W.V., "The more coal we mine, the poorer we get." This important collection illuminates the ongoing betrayal of the American mining town.
Views: 3023 DarkHorsePodcast
More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of "Blowin' in the Wind," sung by Willie Nelson. This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.ilovemountains.org.
Views: 210015 AppalachianVoices
This video clip highlights the destructive process of strip mining of Appalachian mountains near Charleston, WV. Once mountains are blasted with dynamite to access the coal, they are destroyed forever. These mountain ranges are among the oldest geological formations that exist on our planet (480 million years old) and are one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. But there's more. Mountaintop mining removal not only destroys the mountains, but also the lives of the people who live there. Residents next to these operations live with destroyed habitat and noise. Coal dust from blasting and coal processing operations and contaminated water from valley fills and coal slurry injections into the ground causes respiratory disease, kidney and gall bladder failure, and cancer. They live with constant fear that a coal slurry impoundment might break, causing death and destruction on a massive scale. The flyover was provided by SouthWings (www.southwings.org) and depicts Kayford Mountain, a 1,200-acre mountaintop removal mine operation; Marsh Fork Elementary School, located just 150 feet from a coal loading silo and 400 yards from a 2.8 billion gallon toxic waste impoundment; and the town of Sylvester, a community whose health and property has been adversely affected by pervasive black coal dust from an adjacent mountaintop removal mining operation. Aerial footage was taken during an Eco-Justice Collaborative June, 2009 delegation to Charleston, WV. Visit www.ecojusticecollaborative.org for more information.
Views: 11822 Pamela J. Richart
"Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal & The Fight for Coalfield Justice" is an award-winning documentary exploring coal surface mining, mountaintop removal and radical community resistance in West Virginia. www.blackdiamondsmovie.com
Views: 17607 Catherine Pancake
Mountaintop removal coal mining wrecks the land, poisons the water, and kills people. But it's still happening. Appalachians are determined to revive their economy and create a healthy future. Join us today. http://appvoices.org/communities-at-risk/
Views: 1605 AppalachianVoices
Researchers say mountaintop removal coal mining is making people sick across Appalachia. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/72890 See more at https://www.newsy.com/topics/revolt/ Like Newsy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/newsyvideos/ Follow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos
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video for Appalachian Studies class
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This video gives background information on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and was created for a project in Environmental Engineering 1. The purpose was for background only--no information on the effects are shown, although the impacts of Mountaintop Removal (both on humans and on the environment) are significant and negative. Please watch and leave a comment for me! The information in this video was obtained from: http://mountainjustice.org/facts/steps.php ; information about the impacts of Mountaintop Removal can also be found there.
Views: 1005 lcelestej
This is a 2-minute abbreviated version of a mountaintop removal video featured on ilovemountains.org. The video features Woody Harrelson and shows how the mountains and culture of Appalachia are being destroyed by a new form of coal mining called mountaintop removal
Views: 24457 AppalachianVoices
Judy covers the event that made her an activist, about the impacts that MTR is having on the communities of West Virginia as well as on what they need to successfully stop MTR
Views: 1164 Rainforest Action Network