Mountaintop Removal Mining
Graphic of mountaintop removal mining.
Mountaintop removal (MTR) is a form of strip mining in which explosives are used to blast off the tops of mountains in order to reach the coal seams that lie underneath.
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Photo of mountaintop removal mining. Credit: Mark Schmerling.

Mountaintop removal mining devastates the landscape, turning areas that should be lush with forests and wildlife into barren moonscapes. In the past few decades, an area the size of Delaware has been flattened. Coal companies first raze an entire mountainside, ripping trees from the ground and clearing brush with huge tractors. This debris is then set ablaze as deep holes are dug for explosives.

Earthjustice has been in the courts and in Congress on behalf of other local and national environmental and community groups to stop this destructive practice and protect Appalachia for future generations. Learn more.

Photo: Mark Schmerling.