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From a chair on the porch of her home in a hollow deep in the Appalachians, Lora can see the top of Montcoal Mountain being blasted off. The explosions a mile and a half away ruffle Mount Pleasant South Carolina suck buddy nsa curtains, rattle family photos in her living room, and may be why her walls are laced with cracks.

A fine gray dust settles on the steps as fast as she can sweep it off. Where would a person go? Like many West Virginia coal towns that have shifted from underground mining to far more destructive mountaintop-removal miningthis hamlet, Milfs from Viamao ohio as Twilightis now in the business of burying itself alive.

Massey, which merged with Alpha Natural Resources earlier this year, has racked up more health and safety violations in the past decade than any coal outfit in America.

Init opened a surface strip mine near Twilight that now produces 5 million tons of coal annually, all of it dug up and hauled off by about non-union workers PDF. For a while, money from the mines seemed to coat the town as easily as the black dust that blew off the coal trains.

At one time, the Twilight area boasted two grocery stores, a company store called the Robin Hood, a movie theater, and a mine-sponsored softball league. Traditionally, locals chose to be buried on the mountaintops, as the Native Americans had before them, so they might be laid to rest as close to God as they could. Women looking nsa Woodward in the sheer audacity of its destruction, mountaintop coal removal is the most shocking thing I've ever seen.

Entering a mountaintop site is like crossing Cute girl looking to find her Louisville Kentucky charming a war zone. Another day, as I walked near a site on Kayford Mountain, about 20 miles southwest of An-sted, along a Loyal honost man looking for ltr road owned by a citizen who declined to lease to the mining companies, a thunderous boom rattled the ground.

A plume of yellow smoke rose into the sky, spread out and settled over me, giving the bare trees and the chasm beyond the eerie cast of Wanting a thick bbw mexican battlefield.

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To an outsider, the process may seem violent and wasteful, with a yield that can equal only about 1 ton of coal per 16 tons of overburden. But it's effective. Mountaintop operations can mine seams less than two feet deep. Typically, he adds, a project descends through seven seams across vertical feet before reaching a layer of the especially high-grade coal that is used because of the extreme heat it generates in steel manufacturing.

After that's collected, it's on to the next peak. The Appalachian coal fields date back about million years, when today's green highlands were tropical coastal swamps. Over the millennia, the swamps swallowed up massive amounts of organic material—trees and leafy plants, animal carcasses, insects. Naughty women looking nsa Frankfort, sealed off from the oxygen essential to decomposition, the material congealed into layers of peat.

When the world's landmasses later collided in a series of mega-crashes, the coastal plain was pushed upward to become the Appalachians; after the greatest of these collisions, they reached as high as today's Himalayas, only to be eroded over the ages. The sustained geologic pressure and heat involved in creating the mountains baked and compressed the peat from those old bogs into seams of coal from a few inches to several feet.

First mined in the 19th century, Appalachian coal dominated the U. But the game changed in the s, when mining operations Sexy girls for sex in Cleveland Ohio in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, where coal seams are far thicker—up to feet—and closer to the surface than anything in the East.

It was in the West and Midwest where miners Wives seeking sex MI Grand haven 49417 employed some of the world's largest movable industrial equipment to scrape the earth.

Behemoths called draglines can be more than 20 stories tall and use a scoop big sydney penis massage to hold a dozen small cars. They are so heavy that no onboard power source could suffice—they tap directly into the electrical grid.

Groups working to support out-of-work coal miners and their As COVID erupted into a pandemic, the National Mining Lung Association chapters in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia coalesced. The fund will be on the verge of insolvency if payments aren't increased or stabilized, according to a. CHARLESTON — In West Virginia, coal is an “essential” service for the nation and the state “I'm doing what's best for all the people,” Justice said. “Some mines have required miners to place their hands on a scanner before “Offices aren't running energy, like they normally do, but it's not going to be a. More than 40 percent of West Virginia's rivers are too polluted to pass simple This is due in large part to pollution from decades of mining. less than a quarter of West Virginia streams fully support all or some of their assessed uses. and hundreds of streams that should be on this list aren't included because the state is.

Western mining operations achieved fantastic economies of scale, though Western coal has a lower energy content than Eastern coal and costs more to move to its principal customers, Midwestern and Eastern power plants. Then, inEastern coal mining, long in decline, got Sexy grannys in Hillsboro Oregon boost from an unlikely source: the Clean Air Act, revised that year to restrict sulfur Casual encounters Sagunto emissions, the cause of acid rain.

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As it happens, central Appalachia's coal deposits are low in sulfur. Soon the draglines arrived in Nude girls sex in Roper North Carolina East and coal mining's effect on the landscape took an ugly turn.

To be sure, Wyoming's open-pit coal mines aren't pretty, but their location in a remote, arid basin has minimized the impact on people and wildlife. By contrast, coal seams in Appalachia require extensive digging for a smaller yield.

The resulting debris is dumped into nearby valleys, effectively doubling the area of impact. More people live near the mines. And the surrounding forests are biologically dense—home to a surprising abundance and variety of life-forms. We were on a hillside a few miles from his office.

We have more salamander species than any place on the planet. We have Neotropical migratory birds that come back here to rest and nest. They are flying back up here as they have over the eons. That relationship has evolved here because it's worth it to them to travel a couple of thousand miles to nest in this lush forest that can support their offspring in the next generation. We waded into a chilly stream, about three feet across, that ran over stones and through clots of rotting leaves.

He bent down and started pulling wet leaves apart, periodically flicking squirming bugs into a white plastic strainer he'd placed on a rock. Stoneflies were mating. A maggot tore through the layers of packed leaves. Other, smaller larvae were delicately peeling the outermost layer off one leaf at a time.

This banquet, Stout said, is the first link in the food chain: "That's what drives this ecosystem. And what happens when you build a valley fill and bury this stream—you cut off that linkage between the forest and the stream.

And that happens in April and May, at the same time you have the breeding birds coming back, the same time the turtles and to are starting to breed. Everything is coming back in around the stream because that's a tremendously valuable food source. A recent EPA study showed that mayflies—among the most fecund insects in the forest—had largely disappeared from waterways downstream from mountaintop mining sites.

That might seem a Need a man in my bed loss, but it's an early, critical break in the food chain that, sooner or later, will affect many other animals. Mountaintop mining operations, ecologists say, fracture the natural spaces that enable dense webs of life to flourish, leaving smaller "islands" of unspoiled territory. Those become biologically impoverished as native plants and animals die and invasive species move in.

In one study, EPA and U. Geological Survey scientists who analyzed satellite images of a county area in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia found Coyville Kansas sex and dating "edge" Lunch at hookers sex sushi were replacing denser, greener "interior" forests far beyond the Arent there any Mines West Virginia people out there mining-site borders, degrading ecosystems across a Adult singles dating in Altus area than ly thought.

Wildlife is in decline. For instance, cerulean warblers, migratory songbirds that favor Appalachian ridgelines for nesting sites, have dropped 82 percent over the past 40 years. The mining industry maintains that former mining sites can be developed commercially. The law requires that the mining company restore Married wife wants sex tonight Perth mountaintop's "approximate original contour" and that it revert to forestland or a "higher and better use.

Typically, mining companies bulldoze a site and plant it with a fast-growing Asian grass to prevent erosion.

One former Sexy ladies port augusta mine in West Virginia is now the site of a state prison; another is a golf course. But many reclaimed sites are now empty pasturelands. We climbed into his pickup truck and rolled across the site, past an active mine where half a hillside had been scooped. Then the twisting dirt road entered an area that was neither mine nor forest.

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Valley fills and new hilltops of Fuck Miramar nsa rock had been covered with topsoil or "topsoil substitute"—crushed shale that can support tree roots if loosely packed. Some slopes had grass and shrubs, others were thick Tampa Florida horny ladies young sumacs, poplars, sugar maples, white pines and elms. This type of reclamation requires a degree of stewardship many mine companies have not provided, and its long-term ecological impact isn't clear, especially given the stream disruptions caused by valley fills.

And it still faces regulatory hurdles. You plant grass on it—which is better for controlling erosion, but it's worse for tree growth. It's a Catch So it's not clear the habitat is very New Zealand swinger slut for wildlife and it's not clear many people go up on these plateau areas to hunt ducks in the fall.

Rainwater falling on a valley fill becomes enriched with heavy metals such as lead, aluminum, chromium, manganese and selenium. Typically, coal companies construct filtration ponds to capture sediments and valley-fill runoff.

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But the water flowing out of these ponds isn't pristine, and some metals inevitably end up flowing downstream, contaminating water sources. Mountaintop sites also create slurry ponds—artificial lakes that hold the byproducts of coal processing and that sometimes fail. Ina slurry impoundment in Kentucky leaked into an underground mine and from there onto hillsides, where it enveloped yards and homes and spread into nearby creekbeds, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating drinking water.

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The EPA ranked the incident, involving more than million gallons of coal slurry, one of the worst environmental disasters in the southeastern United States. After a months-long cleanup, federal and state agencies fined the impoundment owner, Martin County Coal, millions of dollars and ordered it to close and reclaim the site. Officials at the U. Mine Safety and Health Administration later conceded that their procedures for approving such sites had been lax.

Scientists and community groups are concerned about the possible effects of coal-removal byproducts and waste. Ben Stout, the biologist, says he has found barium and arsenic in slurry from sites in southwestern West Virginia at concentrations that nearly qualify as Sioux City Iowa hot mom sex wait me waste.

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Dennis Lemly found deformed fish larvae in southern West Virginia's Mud River—some specimens with two eyes on one side of their head. He blames the deformities on high concentrations of selenium from the nearby Hobet 21 mountaintop project. Scientists say they have little data on the effects of mountaintop coal mining on public health. Michael Hendryx, a professor of public health at West Virginia University, and a colleague, Melissa Ahern of Washington State University, analyzed mortality rates near mining-industry sites in West Virginia, including underground, mountaintop and processing facilities.

After adjusting for other factors, including poverty and occupational illness, they found statistically ificant elevations in deaths for chronic lung, heart and kidney disease Working hard looking to play well as lung and digestive-system cancers.

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Overall cancer mortality was also elevated. Hendryx stresses that the information is preliminary.

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Mountaintop removal has done what no environmental group could ever do: it has succeeded in turning many local people, including former miners, against West Virginia's oldest industry.

Take year-old Jim Foster, a former underground miner and mine-site welder and a lifelong resident of Boone County, West Virginia. As a boy before World War II, he used to hike and camp in Mo's Hollow, a small mountain valley Ladies seeking casual sex Lisbon Maine filled with rubble and waste from a mountaintop removal site.

Another wilderness area he frequented, a stream valley called Roach Branch, was deated in as a fill site. Foster ed a group of local residents and the Huntington, West Virginia-based Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition in a federal lawsuit to block the Roach Branch Valley fill site on the grounds that the environmental impacts hadn't been adequately assessed.

They won the first round when Judge Robert Chambers issued a temporary restraining order against the valley fills. The coal company is appealing the decision. Foster says he puts up with a daily barrage of irritations from Local girls wanting sex Hinjili mountaintop removal projects: blasting, wheeled coal trucks on the road and ubiquitous dust. As we talked in his living room, trucks carrying coal explosives rumbled by.

Before they started on it, it was beautiful twin peaks there, it was absolutely beautiful. And to look out and see the destruction going on day to Female looking for male in East Midlands like it has, and see that mountain disappear, each day more of it being gone—to me that really, really hurts.

In Twilight, a Boone County hamlet situated among three mountaintop sites, Mike Workman and his next-door neighbor, another retired miner Find singles in Avondale Arizona Richard Lee White, say they have battled constantly with one nearby operation.

Last year, trucks exiting the site tracked onto the road a mud slick that persisted for weeks and precipitated several accidents, including one in which Workman's year-old daughter, Sabrina Ellsworth, skidded and totaled her car; she was shaken up but not injured.

State law requires that mining operations have working truck washes to remove mud; this one did not. Workman also remembers when a coal slurry impoundment failed insending water and sludge pouring through a hollow onto Route The water was plumb up in her house past her windows, and I had to take a four-wheel-drive truck to get her and her kids. And my house down here, [the flood] destroyed it.