The Latest On: Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining
Senior Legislative Counsel Joan Mulhern testifies before the U.S. Congress about the devastating effects of mountaintop removal coal mining.
The efforts by environmental groups and activists to stop the coal industry from blowing up mountain tops to get at coal deposits have finally paid off, when the second-biggest mountaintop removal coal company, Patriot Coal, agreed to end its practice. Thanks to the lawsuit filed against the coal giant, Patriot will be forced to clean up its selenium pollution and retire its mountaintop-mining infrastructure by 2015.
Yesterday, one of the nation’s top coal companies, Patriot Coal, announced that it is getting out of the business of mountaintop removal mining.
Mountain Heroes and Citizens Gather at White House To Call on Nation's Leaders To End Mountaintop Removal Mining
The fight to end mountaintop removal will not stop until mountaintop removal stops, but yesterday we lost one of the most beloved heroes and leaders of the movement. Larry Gibson, the Keeper of the Mountains, died on Kayford Mountain, a sacred place he fought for three decades to save. He recalled how, 30 years ago, some people told him that the destruction caused by mountaintop removal and strip mining would be “fixed” in six months.
Imagine for a moment that you live in a beautiful forest. Your home is on the side of a big mountain. All around it are tall trees and elegant flowers. After a long day of work you come home. You are tired. Dinner smells delicious. You smile at your family. Everyone sits down at the dinner table. You are happy.
Suddenly there is a loud noise.
“What was that,” you wonder.