“Mining restoration projects are a cover up”

Environmentalists feel the work done by the mining companies to restore ecosystems is not effective. To date “restoration,” has only ment covering up your sins at a site with cheap crushed rock instead of making sure there is good topsoil for quality absorption and nutrients to reforest the area. When this step is missing it becomes an environmental disaster waiting to happen- the rains will bring overflowing streams and brooks, which create massive amounts of runoff. These mountain rainfilled stream will fill with debris and cause serious ecosystem problems for species that live downstream for a larger area.

Effects of mountaintop removal mining

Effects of mountaintop removal mining

Selenium in stream runoff is one of the biggest problems with stream contamination. Dennis Lemly, a biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, told Yale 360 “Before mountaintop removal, cases of severe selenium contamination were mainly limited to coal-fired power plant discharges. Now they’re appearing across Appalachia near mountaintop mines.” Selenium toxicity can cause gastrointestinal upsets, hair loss, white blotchy nails, and mild nerve damage for humans and other animals as well.

The coal industry needs to step up to the plate and correct as best it can the damage done to streams before it gets any worse, and the consequences dire to people and the environment on as well as down stream. Environmentalists feel the work done by the mining companies to restore ecosystems is not effective.

To date “restoration,” has only ment covering up your sins at a site with cheap crushed rock instead of making sure there is good topsoil for quality absorption and nutrients to reforest the area.

When this step is missing it becomes an environmental disaster waiting to happen- the rains will bring overflowing streams and brooks, which create massive amounts of runoff. These mountain rainfilled stream will fill with debris and cause serious ecosystem problems for all living species of plants and animals that live downstream for a larger area, contribute to global warming and serious air pollution.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Emagazine.com/view/?4791

Excerpts courtesy of   Sierraclub.org/coal/mtr/cleanwater.aspx

Image courtesy of Climatechange.umaine.edu/Research/mountaintop.jpg

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