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07 January 2010, 1:55 PM
Leading stream, health scientists agree mountaintop removal does no good
West Virginia coal fields in winter. Notice the lack of tops on the mountains.

While it may seem obvious, especially with coal companies completely burying streams and routinely poisoning drinking water supplies, an article in the scientific journal Science shows clear scientific evidence that mountaintop removal mining destroys streams and poisons communities. <Update> The Los Angeles Times today reported on the magazine article, picking up on the urgent conclusion by scientists to halt this mining practice immediately.

This is no surprise to anyone who's heard of mountaintop removal, but what is exciting about it is that some of the nation's leading stream and health scientists are making a strong stand in the article for stronger federal oversight of this devastating practice.

The Obama administration has been singing the praises of science ever since they took office nearly a year ago. They pledged to make decisions based on science, not politics. But it seems when it comes to mountaintop removal, it's still business as usual. Despite scientific evidence that mountaintop removal is causing permanent damage to sensitive ecosystems, just this week the EPA announced it was going to greenlight one of the biggest mountaintop removal mining sites in West Virginia.

The article in Science sends a clear message that current efforts to regulate mountaintop removal mining are woefully inadequate. It's a message environmentalists, local activists and coal field residents have been shouting for years. But now, with the scientists clearly on board, the EPA and the Obama administration must practice what they preach and base their decisions on other pending mountaintop removal permits on science, not politics.

Here's hoping that someone over at EPA or in the White House has a subscription to Science.

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Do not destroy the World's greatest landmarks!!!!!!!!

Supposedly as homo sapiens we have the unique ability to reason. I reason that the practice of MTR contaminates the very water and air humans need to live and therefore is bad and should not proceed. Apparently some homo sapiens (government regulatory agencies, politicians, coal company leaders) have not evolved much beyond the herd of cattle that wallows/deficates in the same ponds that they drink from.

It's seems clear that the mountain removal of coal is causing great damage and danger to the environment of Appalachia. The EPA should enforce the existing law.

I dont live in the coalfields...but I can tell you ...if this insanity doesnt stop soon...there will be a coal field coming to a neighborhood near YOU. Dont think this can happen to you??? Think again...Look at the people in areas of Appalachia that are contending with these Thugs who are intimidating them in their own communities to allow them to keep the blasting going full throttle....Its all about MONEY...and these Thugs and the goons they employ will stop at nothing until every mountain top and every coal seam is exposed and mined...thats all they care about and thats all they want....They could care less if the mountains, the forest and the earth itself goes down the long as they line up their pockets...the rest be damned...and the political angle of this couldnt be more slimey...they are greasing the palms of all the politicians in washington to keep this agenda Rolling forward.
Some how this blasting of mountain tops has to end and the govt has to get it stopped ...permanently...If that means getting some more nuclear that is better than the least its clean...and efficient....( just find a better way to deal with the waste...then hopefully in 30 years...they can get the first fusion reactor online..which will really benefit everyone....) but in the meantime it is already starting to turn violent in coal companies...with neighbor against neighbor......Get this stopped before it turns into a civil War already...

Stop the demand and keep urging your government to stop this disaster!

Practically all the world’s scientists in all pertinent fields (except for petroleum geologists who are split) say that human activity is bringing on catastrophic global warming, and most Americans choose not to believe them. Why would they accept what scientists have to say about MTR, especially if they don’t LIVE in the region and don’t want to risk their power rates going up if MTR is halted?

I live in Appalachia and have seen the results of this first hand. How can we worry about others bombing our homeland when the coal companies are bombing our homeland with the approval of our leaders. WE need to fight for OUR country against the criminals blowing up OUR mountains for a few pennies worth of coal. Our country is totally insane. THe Native Americans thought it was bad when they took the land from them, but now we are standing idol while they blow up our land. I plan on continuing to go to the coal fields personally and stand against the rednecks that are causing this insanity. WHat about you?

We are blowing up and removing the tops of mountains, causing great damage to local communities and the environment, all in an effort to extract the dirtiest form of energy there is, coal. Insane. One way to solve this is to phase out coal plants and remove the demand.

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