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The Land of Mountaintop Removal
 
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Over five hundred mountains in West Virginia have been destroyed because of new mining techniques used by coal companies in the Appalachians. From: AERIAL AMERICA: West Virginia http://bit.ly/1lEvUuh
Views: 94279 Smithsonian Channel
Reclamation in Mining
 
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See how DMME works with mining companies to ensure the land and the environment are returned to what they were, or better, before mining began. This video was produced on an Alpha Natural Resource's former coal surface mine site that has been recognized nationally for reclamation.
Views: 9939 VA DMME
Blowing Up Mountains: Destroying the Environment for Coal
 
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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
Views: 318261 VICE
Mountaintop Removal Mining, Charleston, WV
 
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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: 11618 Pamela J. Richart
Mountaintop Removal in Kentucky
 
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The Destruction of the Appalachian Mountains due to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
Views: 28329 mountainjustice
Eco-Rehabilitation of Biodiversity in Forest Destroyed by Gold Miners - TvAgro by Juan Gonzalo Angel
 
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Twitter @juangangel The environmental impact of mining includes erosion, formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, and contamination of soil, groundwater, surface water by chemicals from mining processes. In some cases, additional forest logging is done in the vicinity of mines to increase the available room for the storage of the created debris and soil. Besides creating environmental damage, the contamination resulting from leakage of chemicals also affect the health of the local population. Mining companies in some countries are required to follow environmental and rehabilitation codes, ensuring the area mined is returned to close to its original state. Some mining methods may have significant environmental and public health effects. Nuss and Eckelman (2014) provide an overview of the life-cycle wide environmental impacts of metals production associated with 62 metals in year 2008. Erosion of exposed hillsides, mine dumps, tailings dams and resultant siltation of drainages, creeks and rivers can significantly impact the surrounding areas, a prime example being the giant Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea. In areas of wilderness mining may cause destruction and disturbance of ecosystems and habitats, and in areas of farming it may disturb or destroy productive grazing and croplands. In urbanised environments mining may produce noise pollution, dust pollution and visual pollution. The implantation of a mine is a major habitat modification, and smaller perturbations occurs on an larger scale than exploitation site, mine-waste residuals contamination of the environment for example. Adverse effects can be observed long after the end of the mine activity. Destruction or drastic modification of the original site and anthropogenic substances release can have majors impact on biodiversity in the area. Destruction of the habitat is the main component of biodiversity losses, but direct poisoning caused by mine extracted material, and indirect poisoning through food and water can also affects animals, vegetals and microorganisms. Habitat modification such as pH and temperature modification disturb communities in the area. Endemics species are especially sensitive, since they need really specific environmental conditions. Destruction or slight modification of their habitat put them at the risk of extinction. Habitats can be damaged when there is no enough terrestrial as well by non-chemicals products, such as large rocks from the mines that are discarded in the surrounding landscape with no concern for impacts on natural habitat. Concentration of heavy metals are known to decrease with distance from the mine, and effects on biodiveristy follow the same pattern. Impacts can vary a lot depending on mobility and bioavailability of the contaminant : less mobile molecules will stay inert in the environment while highly mobile molecules will easily move into another compartment or be taken up by organisms. For example, speciation of metals in sediments could modify their bioavailability, and thus their toxicity for aquatic organisms. Bioaccumulation plays an important role in polluted habitats : mining impacts on biodiversity should be, assuming that concentration levels are not high enough to directly kill exposed organisms, greater on the species on top of the food chain because of this phenomenon. Adverse mining effects on biodiversity depends on a great extend on the nature of the contaminant, the level of concentration at which it can be found in the environment, and on the nature of the ecosystem itself. Some species are really resistant to anthropogenic disturbances, while some other will completely disappear from the contaminated zone. Time alone does not seem to allow the habitat to recover completely from the contamination. Remediation takes time, and in most of the cases will not enable the recovery of the diversity present before the mining activity. Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_mining Juan Gonzalo Angel www.tvagro.tv
Views: 3417 TvAgro
Reclamation - Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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A former mountaintop removal coal mine site in eastern Kentucky - reclaimed with grass and lespedeza and a few trees.
Views: 746 mountainjustice
Mining
 
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019 - Mining In this video Paul Andersen explains how mining is used to extract valuable minerals from the Earth's crust. Surface and subsurface mining are used to extract ore which is then processed. A discussion of ecosystem impacts and legislation is also included. Do you speak another language? Help me translate my videos: http://www.bozemanscience.com/translations/ Music Attribution Intro Title: I4dsong_loop_main.wav Artist: CosmicD Link to sound: http://www.freesound.org/people/CosmicD/sounds/72556/ Creative Commons Atribution License Outro Title: String Theory Artist: Herman Jolly http://sunsetvalley.bandcamp.com/track/string-theory All of the images are licensed under creative commons and public domain licensing: Cateb, M. (2010). Português: Cobre e latão para soldas. Lingote de prata 950 e chapa de prata. Liga para ser adicionada à prata, com cobre e germânio. Grânulos de prata fina. Foto : Mauro Cateb, joalheiro brasileiro. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Metals_for_jewellery.jpg English: Anthracite coal. ([object HTMLTableCellElement]). Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coal_anthracite.jpg File:MKingHubbert.jpg. (2011, September 13). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:MKingHubbert.jpg&oldid=450215564 Jones, N. (2007). English: Sand and gravel strata on the southern edge of Coxford Wood The sand and gravel quarry goes right up to the edge of wood. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sand_and_gravel_strata_on_the_southern_edge_of_Coxford_Wood_-_geograph.org.uk_-_610732.jpg Jyi1693. (2006). English: Seawater photographed from aboard the MV Virgo out of Singapore, 2006. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sea_water_Virgo.jpg KVDP. (2009). English: A schematic showing the locations of certain ores in the world. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Simplified_world_mining_map_1.png printer, -G. F. Nesbitt & Co. (1850). English: Sailing card for the clipper ship California, depicting scenes from the California gold rush. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:California_Clipper_500.jpg USA, G. ([object HTMLTableCellElement]). Italiano: Grafico che rappresenta il picco di Hubbert della produzione petrolifera mondiale. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hubbert_world_2004.svg Vance, R. H. (1850). English: “Photomechanical reproduction of the 1850(?) daguerreotype by R. H. Vance shows James Marshall standing in front of Sutter’s sawmill, Coloma, California, where he discovered gold.” Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sutters_Mill.jpg
Views: 62485 Bozeman Science
Strip Mining for Coal
 
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Almost 20 years since the strip mine began and it is still going strong here in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. In another five or six years time the mining should be complete and will mark the end of over 200 years of coal mining here in Pictou County.
Views: 21001 JimHowDigsDirt
Mountaintop Removal: An American Tragedy
 
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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
Unearthing coal seam gas
 
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This animation provides an overview of the coal seam gas extraction process, from drilling the well to what happens to the extracted gas and water. Also explained are some potential impacts of coal seam gas development and the technique used to increase the rate of gas and water flow, known as hydraulic fracturing (fraccing). For more information about coal seam or shale gas and current research on the social and environmental impacts of Australia’s gas industry visit http://www.csiro.au/Outcomes/Energy/Energy-from-oil-and-gas/UnconventionalGas.aspx and http://www.gisera.org.au Video transcript available here: http://www.csiro.au/news/transcripts/YouTubeTranscripts/2014/Aug/Unearthing-coal-seam-gas.html
Views: 16884 CSIRO
Mountaintop Removal Section of "The Appalachians" Part 2
 
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The process of mountaintop removal is explained in this excerpt from the award-winning documentary, "The Appalachians". Director/producers Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller are currently developing a feature-length documentary on MTR, in partnership with Sierra Club Productions. Stay tuned to www.sierraclub.org for more details. And to order a full-length copy of "the Appalachians" please go to www.appalachiamyhome.com.
Views: 13779 krissygoodman
Beautiful Mountaintop Mining Reclamation
 
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This mine site represents 20 years of mining. The reclamation and water resources are top notch. A shame mountaintop mining is so demagogued by the uninformed.
Views: 2725 glademeister
Mining - "no significant environmental effects"?
 
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Does mining really have "no significant environmental effects"? A short video by Alley Crawford with music ("PsychicActive Wind") by Perpetual Dream Theory (www.dreamtheory.net) and Gary Bourgeois. See http://www.miningwatch.ca/index.php?/Environment/mining_DVD to order a DVD.
Views: 23373 siggurdsson
Appalachians up to 40% Flatter Thanks to Mining
 
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It turns out, mountain top removal mining has been incredibly destructive to the landscape of the eastern part of the country. Processes that allowed mining companies to remove the tops of mountains to access coal underneath were actually hugely damaging to the mountains in the region. Duke University recently released a study that shows some parts of Appalachia are now 40 percent flatter than they were before mining in the region. Mining companies have been blasting mountain tops off for 40 years. And as a result, the 1.5 cubic miles of bedrock that has been removed from West Virginia alone could bury the island of Manhattan. http://fusion.net/story/268137/mountaintop-mining-appalachian-mountains/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=/feed/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
Views: 136 Wochit News
The Story of Mt Kablooie:  The process of Mountain Top Removal
 
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This is a short educational and satirical look in to the methods of coal companies and how they ravage the landscape of Appalachia for cheap energy.
Views: 563 quarlesr123
No More Mountaintop Removal
 
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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
Views: 3242 NRDCflix
Explosion: Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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http://www.milesfrommaybe.com/ By Chad Stevens
Views: 15780 iLoveMountainsOrg
Mountaintop Removal Movie from iLoveMountains org
 
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There are 653 Coal Slurrys today and no one seems to be talking about it. Mountain Top Removal of the coal companies for burning coal for electricity is killing the Appalachian Mountains of the Eastern United States. Will this madness cease?
Views: 143 newsworthyable
EMI Control V12 Turbine Open Cast Coal Mine
 
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EMI Control V12 turbine being demonstrated at one of europes biggest open cast coal mines in the UK. The turbine is being used to suppress dust created by dumping of overburden and processes of rock and and coal extraction. The turbine here was ejecting atomised water at 20 bar pressure to over 130 meters (Wind Assisted) background dust levels and in the specific areas of interest dust was dramatically reduce in line with UK EA guidelines. For more info please contact our sales team on 0845 4745670.
Strip Mine Animated Fly Over
 
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Views: 334 maps4tv
Mountaintop Removal : West Virginia
 
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Mountaintop removal is decimating Appalachia and the communities living in the region. This is the most biologically diverse region in the temperate world with over 10,000 species exiting here. It is time to put a stop to this practice. Visit https://www.facebook.com/kanawhaforestcoalition/info or https://www.facebook.com/mtnjustice?fref=ts for more information. Music: Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
Views: 806 Timmy Clay
Clean Coal Is A  LIE, The Truth About Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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Recently while checking out Google Earth, Tiedyeman learned about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining. Horrified by the level of destruction to the environment Tiedyeman began signing petitions online to help stop this rape of the land. With a few photos of the forests he loves and some images from Google Earth this short film was made to spread the word to get active on this issue and make people aware that entire mountains are being destroyed. Have you seen commercials on TV lately telling you that "Clean Coal" is a wonderful source of energy? Do they mention where the coal comes from and they way it's mined? This is "Clean Coal's" legacy, death and destruction on a huge scale, and all of this happens BEFORE we burn the nasty stuff, releasing tons of sulfur, mercury, arsenic, carbon dioxide and other toxic compounds into the air, causing thousands more deaths and respiratory diseases. Tiedyeman urges you to look into this yourself. If you don't have Google Earth, download it and take a look at what's happening on our planet. Support quality creators like Tiedyeman on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tiedyeman Tiedyeman’s band: The Elektrik Gypsies on Google Play https://play.google.com/store/music/album/The_Elektrik_Gypsies_The_Elektrik_Gypsies?id=Bgwhcyfrxkc6hajbtw73otpj5ja Visit Tiedyeman’s Fractal Gallery website: http://tiedyeman.awardspace.com/
Views: 207 Tiedyeman's Videos
Introduction to Longwall Mining in Illinois
 
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In November 2009, Eco-Justice Collaborative (www.ecojusticecollaborative.org) traveled with representatives of Topless America and the Sierra Club to central Illinois to take a first-hand look at longwall mining. This highly-mechanized form of mining includes planned subsidence, causing land to drop from 4 to 6 feet. It is occurring under some of the best farmland in the world, trading prime farmland for cheap coal. As land subsides, foundations crack and septic systems and wells are affected. Residents often leave their homes and farms, depopulating and destroying what used to be cohesive communities, rather than negotiate repairs with mining companies. Longwall mining is Illinois form of mountaintop removal mining. As with mountaintop removal mining, toxic chemicals are used to process coal. Evidence suggests that these chemicals are leaching into ground water and water supplies at selected locations. This video highlights impacts in central Illinois Macoupin County, and takes an initial look at the proposed Deer Run Mine in Montgomery County which, if constructed as planned, will be the largest coal mine in the U.S. To learn more, contact Pam or Lan Richart at [email protected] or Citizens Against Longwall Mining: [email protected]
Views: 108379 Pamela J. Richart
300 Ft. Down-- Inside the Viper Coal Mine
 
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State Journal-Register photographer T.J. Salsman takes you deep inside the Viper Coal Mine in Williamsville, IL.
Mountain Top Removal
 
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"I heard blasting. It was off in the distance. And I came up on it, and I was stunned. I had heard of mountaintop removal, but had no clue what it was."
Views: 449 Time To Choose
Treating water from former coal mines - how does this work?
 
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The Coal Authority has over 20 years’ experience in preventing and treating water pollution from abandoned coal mines. We manage over 70 coal and metal mine water treatment schemes across Britain.
Views: 696 The Coal Authority
National Memorial for the Mountains
 
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Introductory video for the National Memorial for the Mountains, an online memorial in Google Earth that tells the story of 450 mountains destroyed by mountaintop removal. This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.ilovemountains.org.
Views: 25386 AppalachianVoices
Bloody Coal
 
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How does mountaintop removal affect the environment? Mountaintop Removal is occurring right at the heart of one of the nations main hotspots of biological diversity. According to the Nature Conservancy, the mountain region including southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeastern Tennessee contains some of the highest levels of biological diversity in the nation. This region is also at the headwaters of the drinking water supplies of many US cities. The maps below show hotspots of biodiversity based on a rarity-weighted index biological diversity produced by the Nature Conservancy, as well as the major river systems with headwaters in the Appalachian coalfields. Unfortunately, there is little information on the cumulative impacts of mountaintop removal because the federal agencies that are charged with regulating coal mining have refused to track the overall extent and impacts of mountaintop removal. The one attempt at acomprehensive analysis of MTR by government agencies was presented in a multi-agency Environmental Impact Statement that was completed in 2003. This effort was initiated in the late 90s, but the focus of the EIS was revised after the White House changed hands in 2001. According to the Charleston Gazette: When it formally kicked off the project in February 1999, the EPA said the goal was to consider developing agency policies to minimize, to the maximum extent practicable the adverse environmental effects of mountaintop removal. By October 2001, then-Deputy Interior Secretary Steven J. Griles, a former mining industry lobbyist, had ordered the project refocused toward centralizing and streamlining coal mine permitting. Cindy Tibbot, a FWS biologist involved in the EIS process, was one of many agency scientists who expressed outrage about Griles directive, stating in an internal memo: Its hard to stay quiet about this when I really believe were doing the public and the heart of the Clean Water Act a great disservice. As Tibbot put it, the only alternatives offered in Griles proposed EIS would be: alternative locations to house the rubber stamp that issues the [mining] permits. While the EIS did compile a lot of disparate information on the effects and extent of MTR, the analysis was based on mining permit maps. According to satellite analysis done by Michael Shank at the TAGIS center of the West Virginia DEP, however, those permit maps are underestimating the extent of valley fill in 6 West Virginia coal counties by about 40%. Thus, the entire EIS is based on verifiably faulty data. Despite its many flaws, however, the multi-agency environmental impact statement did provide some useful information on the extent and impacts of mountaintop removal. Here are some of the impacts and concerns expressed in the final EPA report: More than 7 percent of Appalachian forests have been cut down and more than 1,200 miles of streams across the region have been buried or polluted between 1985 and 2001. Over 1000 miles of streams have been permitted to be buried in valley fills. (for scale, this is a greater distance than the length of the entire Ohio River). Mountaintop removal mining, if it continues unabated, will cause a projected loss of more than 1.4 million acres by the end of the decade-an area the size of Delaware-with a concomitant severe impact on fish, wildlife, and bird species, not to mention a devastating effect on many neighboring communities. 800+ square miles of mountains are estimated to be already destroyed. (this is equal to a one-quarter mile wide swath of destruction from New York to San Francisco - it is also significantly underestimated). Other quotes from the 2003 report include: … studies found that the natural return of forests to mountaintop mines reclaimed with grasses under hay and pasture or wildlife post-mining land uses occurs very slowly. Full reforestation across a large mine site in such cases may not occur for hundreds of years. Because it is difficult to intercept groundwater flow, it is difficult to reconstruct free flowing streams at mountaintop removal sites. Stream chemistry monitoring efforts show significant increases in conductivity, hardness, sulfate, and selenium concentrations downstream of [mountaintop removal] operations. http://www.ilovemountains.org
Contour Mining & Construction
 
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Displaying some of our assets on a large scale mine expansion in the Southeastern United States.
Views: 1632 Contour Mining
Google Earth Hero: Appalachian Voices
 
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Appalachian Voices, a grassroots environmental group in North Carolina, has educated millions of people, inluding policy-makers and legislators, about the destructive mining process called 'mountaintop removal' by flying people over the 470 mine sites in Appalachia in Google Earth.
Views: 13630 Google
UBS' George T. Bankerman, Mountaintop Removal Funder
 
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UBS: Hands Off Appalachia! Campaign would like introduce George T. Bankerman, investment banker and mountaintop removal coal mining supporter. UBS is a Swiss-owned wealth management company. They are one of the top funders and supporters of companies that engage in the harmful extractive process known as mountaintop removal coal mining [MTR]. Hands Off Appalachia! Campaign demands UBS change their official policy and stop funding and supporting companies that practice MTR. Join us! http://handsoffappalachia.wordpress.com What is MTR? "Mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining (MTR) has been called strip mining on steroids. One author says the process should be more accurately named: mountain range removal. Mountaintop removal /valley fill mining annihilates ecosystems, transforming some of the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world into biologically barren moonscapes." http://mountainjustice.org/facts/steps.php
Views: 208 Pardo75
TEDxYouth@IsaacDickson | Helen | Mountaintop Removal
 
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Helen talks about mountaintop removal coal mining, and why this is neither a sustainable nor healthy process to get energy. About TEDx, x = independently organized event:  In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring  people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Views: 828 TEDxYouth
UBS - Appalachian Day of Action Against Mountaintop Removal Funding
 
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On May 1st, Community members in Southern Appalachia organized a Day of Action to demand UBS change their official policy and stop their funding and supporting of mountaintop removal coal mining. Mountaintop removal coal mining is a process by which companies blow up mountains to harmfully extract the coal. The resulting landscape is one of a barren wasteland. The water is left permanently polluted and the surrounding mountain communities are destroyed. We are urging residents of Appalachia and the United States as a whole, to divest from UBS wealth management services in support of our friends and family suffering under mountaintop removal coal mining in the coalfields of Southern Appalachia. For more information: http://ran.org http://www.mountainjustice.org http://www.ilovemountains.org For Additional coverage of the campaign against UBS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k31RfpTnePE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVCUZ06Ozfw http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/may/02/mountaintop-removal-opponents-target-ubs/ http://www.tagesschau.sf.tv/Nachrichten/Archiv/2012/05/02/Schweiz/Umweltschaeden-durch-Kohleabbau-die-Rolle-der-UBS?WT.zugang=front_top1
Views: 210 Pardo75
Aerial view of southwest Virginia surface mining site
 
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Join us as we fly over an area in southwest Virginia, where you'll see firsthand several different phases of a surface coal mine ... from an active coal-producing mine to areas where mining was completed and the land was restored 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Views: 11455 TruthSurfaceMining
Aerial flyover of Marsh Fork near Cherry Pond Mountain
 
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Mountaintop removal is the process of destroying a mountain to extract the coal. Courtesy of upcoming documentary: American Coal www.fireflypix.com
Views: 3584 AppalachianVoices
Coal River Mountain
 
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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
Views: 699 Newsy
graves.mov
 
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In 2006 Takebackthemedia interviewed Larry Gibson, the last holdout in an area in West Virginia being decimated by mountaintop removal techniques. He gave us a full tour and we filmed for 8 hours a variety of areas in the process of destruction, most chilling is this footage of a coal company MINING the Family CEMETARY in full sight of Larry's home. Judge this outrage for yourself. Hours of incredible footage available along with film makers for interviews. Contact [email protected]
Views: 1411 takebackthemedia
TUCA: PH648 - Mountain Top Removal Project
 
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Don Balanay, Kathy Nguyen, Joshua Tunnage, and Huynh Nga (Nina) Vo present "Mountain Top Removal, The Bedtime story!" Our project abstract: Mountaintop removal (MTR) has been affecting the Appalachian Areas since the 1960s due to the high demand of coal. MTR is a process where large quantities of dynamite, including the harmful substances ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel, are utilized to discharge the overburden (forest, topsoil and sand) in order to retrieve the coal. The overburden is subsequently either deposited in a valley, river, or back in its original position where it is then rendered useless. The byproducts of MTR on the exposed human population are the production of liver damage, kidney failure, lung cancer, spleen failure, bone damage, cancers of the digestive tract, and numerous birth defects. MTR destroys the environment by damaging aquatic life, reducing wetlands space, contaminating water systems, and polluting clean air. Although there are several federal and state regulations, such as the National Environment Protection Act of 1970, the Clean Water Act, and the Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act, they are not being rigorously enforced and mandated. Stricter regulations need to be implemented. A proposed solution to cease MTR is the subsidized purchasing of the land by private buyers, rather than the coal companies and be transformed into an environment found to be beneficial to the community. If the land is seen to be misused, a fine or an eminent domain will be instated. If you'd like to see / hear more, we suggest that you visit http://ilovemountains.org/, a site that is very dedicated to the ending of mountain top removal!
Views: 398 VogtEH
Modern Mining is Environmentally Responsible
 
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Each year, the Department of the Interior gives awards to mining companies for their outstanding environmental performance and successful reclamation of millions of acres of land. Reclamation is the process of restoring or improving land after mining operations have ceased. In fact, a mining project is not considered complete until the land has been fully restored. U.S. mining companies have reclaimed more than 2.8 million acres of mined land, using the land for other beneficial uses… Farms, Wildlife Areas, Wetlands, Golf Courses, Community Parks and Housing. All things that can be enjoyed by future generations.
Views: 184 Executive Director
Mr. Walker's APES - Mining
 
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Video with the general types of mining and an overview of their environmental impacts.
Views: 583 Robert Walker
Coal-mined areas are being restored to better than before mining says OSMRE
 
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The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement says in a 1996 video many the restored areas being more productive than those areas were prior to being mined. For more about OSM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uq7YI8AHnQ To see the full 1969 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaUPOITVzaY This is how OSM is really getting coal mined aread reclaimed: OSM began administering a federal program in Tennessee on 10/1/1984, as a result of the state revoking its primacy program that OSM had approved in 1982. OSM Knoxfille Field Office (KFO) 2010 report, covering Fiscal Year 2010 -- 10/2009 to 9/2010 (Except from pages 9-10) Abandoned Sites in Tennessee and Georgia are required to be inspected by KFO on a site specific inspection frequency inaccordance with the criteria and determination established in 30 C. F. R. 842.11 (e) and (f) (the abandoned rule). These sites have had some reclamation, but it is insufficient to satisfy the regulatory requirements for complete reclamation. The vast marjority of these sites have inspection frequencies of one complete inspection per calendar year. Due to a shortage of field inspectors [11], the KFO has found it necessary to prioritize its workload to ensure that sites with the greatest potential for adverse impacts (active sites) receive adequate inspections. The majority of abandoned sites have existed for greater than 20 years and have healed to a large extent with naturaly occurring vegetation and become stablized. Due to this workload and the resulting prioritization, KFO was unable to inspect a majority of abandoned site in FY2010. Eight complete inspections and one partial inspection were conducted of the 168 abandoned sites during FY 2010. During FY 2010 KFO conducted evaluations of thirty three permanent program bond forfeited sites to determine if natural vegetation processes had stablized these disturbances to meet the intent of SMCRA and to allow the removal of the sites from the inspectable units list (IUL). Thirteen of these sites were subsequently removed from the IUL because the disturbances were adequately stablized to met the intent of SMCRA. The remaining twenty sites were found to have deficiencies which prevented removal from the IUL. Evaluations of these sites included recommendations for corrective work to move these sites towards complete reclamation and removal from the IUL. (From Table 2, Inspectable Units, page 36) There are 300 inspectable units in Tennessee. (Each permit is an inspectable unit.) Of those, 121 are interim program (permits issued before the approval of the Tennesse state reguatory program effective August 10, 1982) and 179 are permanent program (permits issued after that date). There are 118 units that are active or in temporary cessation of mining; 168 (117 interim program and 51 permanent program). Only 14 of the 300 units have been fully reclaimed and are awaiting completion of the five-year vegetation success period. The total acreage under permit is 318,300 acres with permanent program permits being 282,000 acres of that total. ---- http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/walk-away-reclamation (Excerpts) Of the 7,193 since 1980, most of the bond forfietures occurred in the 1980s (60%) and 1990s (31%); since 2005 there have been 203 forfeitures (3%) in 7 states -- IL(5), IN(4), KY(29), MD(12), PA(82), TN(11) and WV(60). Three states together have 70% of all the bond forfeitures occurring since 1980 -- KY (2,924 ),PA (1,020) and WV (1,117). Six other states account for another 26% -- AL(646), IN (215), OH (313), OK (178), TN (255) and VA (252). The remaining ones are in thirteen states. === On the OSM maintained Inspectable Units List for the Alabama state administered regulatory program there are 242 Inspectable Units which includes 48 Bond Forfeitures -- 20% of the total units -- many of which had permit expiration dates that were decades ago, even back 1984. The total permitted acreage of these Bond Forfeitures is 10,749 acres which is nearly 17 square miles. (10 or more those 48 Bond Forfeitures seem to have occurred after 2001.) http://www.osmre.gov/Reports/EvalInfo/2009/AL09-aml-reg.pdf - Alabama's inspectable units as of June 30, 2009, totaled 214, which includes 41 bond forfeitures; 4,910 arces were newly bonded and 440 acres were newly forfeited -- a ratio of one acre being forfeited for every 11 acres being bonded. From 1983 through 2008, bond forfeitures occurred on 15,034 of the 129,922 acres that had been permitted -- a permittee failure to perform reclamation rate of nearly 12 percent. http://www.osmre.gov/Reports/EvalInfo/2008/AL08-aml-reg.pdf - Alabama's inspectable units as of June 30, 2008, totaled 214, which includes 42 bond forfeitures; 3,618 arces were newly bonded and 726 acres were newly forfeited -- a ratio of one acre being forfeited for every 5 acres being bonded.
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Mining diamonds
 
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Blasting for coal
 
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Usibelli Coal Mine: Reclamation (Wishbone)
 
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"Not long ago, on this very spot, Alaskans were mining coal. Usibelli Coal Mine restores every acre to a natural state. And if we develop the Wishbone Hill Project near Sutton, we'll leave behind a landscape that will be enjoyed by Alaskans--of every kind! Usibelli Coal Mine: restoring Alaska to the way we found it."
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2014 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards Presentation Video
 
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2014 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards Presentation Video
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