Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Mining coal

Out in Utah, there is a lot of push to do more mining and drilling. One hot topic is shale oil, which requires a HUGE amount of raw materials and processing. The industry swears they will do it "nicely". I ran across an article today that talks about coal mining in West Virginia. Instead of digging those holes (hard, expensive, dangerous), they are just blowing the tops off of mountains (cheap, fast). Not one or two mountains, 470 so far.

To those who support the mining industry, do you really believe anything they say about protecting the environment?

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/07/coal.river/index.html
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