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How mountaintop mining affects life and landscape in West Virginia
 
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Deep layers of underground coal are all but gone in West Virginia after 200 years of relentless mining, leaving thinner seams of coal on top of the state's beautiful mountains. But surface mining carries a huge cost: nothing less than mountains themselves. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how the Appalachian landscape is being fundamentally and irrevocably changed.
Views: 23204 PBS NewsHour
Spruce#1 Mountaintop Removal Strip Mine: Logan County, West Virginia
 
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Aerial footage of the Spruce #1 MTR strip mine near the towns of Blair and Sharples, in Logan County, WV. The original mining permit proposed stripping 3,113 acres, but was reduced to 2,265 after legal challenges. What you see here is fewer than 500 acres that have been mined so far. Many of the surrounding mountains and streams will be destroyed if this mine isn't stopped. Click the link below for a satellite map showing the area that's been mined. You can see the entire area covered by the permit by selecting the "mining permits" box at the upper right: http://tagis.dep.wv.gov/imap/imap.php?lod=81&lom=47&los=52.0000&lad=37&lam=52&las=39.0000 Permit Details: https://apps.dep.wv.gov/WebApp/_dep/search/Permits/OMR/Permit_details.cfm?permit_id=S501397&dep_office_id=OMR&responsible_party_name=MINGO%20LOGAN%20COAL%20COMPANY
Mountaintop Removal pt. 1 of 2
 
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Part one - The hidden destruction of Appalachian mountains by coal mining companies using mountaintop removal
Views: 15351 mountainjustice
Blowing Up Mountains: Destroying the Environment for Coal
 
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Massive corporations are blowing up mountains and creating environmental ruins in West Virginia. All this devastation, just to extract some coal. We went to West Virginia to investigate mountain-top removal -- which a way of extracting coal from deposits under mountains. Instead of drilling into the mountain and sending men underground to take out the coal in the traditional way, they just take the whole top of a mountain off. Hosted by Derrick Beckles | Originally aired on http://VICE.com in 2009 Watch more VICE documentaries here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Presents Subscribe for videos that are actually good: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/vice/videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
Views: 320669 VICE
Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining
 
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Appalachian communities are suffering as a result of mountaintop removal mining. Earthjustice is working through the courts to protect Appalachian communities from this destructive practice and to ensure the Clean Water Act is enforced.
Views: 20961 Earthjustice
Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining
 
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Citation: Yale Environment 360 and MediaStorm (Producers). (2009, October13). Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining [Video file]. Retrieved from http:__e360.yale.edu_feature_leveling_appalachia_the_legacy_of_mountaintop_removal_mining_2198_
Views: 2185 Kirkland5234
The Inside Story: Mountaintop Removal Mining
 
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Southern Environmental Law Center's Senior Attorney Deborah Murray discusses the end of an important chapter in the long-term battle to end mountaintop mining removal.
Views: 627 selcva
Mountaintop Removal: An American Tragedy
 
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Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this video shows firsthand footage of mountaintop removal coal mining and its impacts on Appalachian mountains, drinking water and families. Mountaintop removal is a mining practice where explosives are used to blast the tops off mountains to expose the thin seams of coal beneath. Once blasted, earth and coal dust from the mountaintop is dumped into neighboring valleys and waterways. Hundreds of mountaintops have been lost forever to MTR, and according to a 2005 environmental impact statement, nearly 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams have already been buried or contaminated by the devastating mining practice. Take action today and tell banks to stop financing this American tragedy at http://ran.org/mtrbanks
The shocking danger of mountaintop removal – and why it must end
 
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"What is the ethical obligation of the scientist who believes populations are in danger?" That was the question that professor Michael Hendryx asked himself when he began to uncover the detrimental health effects of mountain top removal in Appalachia. Mountaintop removal mining—the practice of blowing off the tops of mountains in order to access coal with lower sulfur content—holds fewer health risks for miners, but the health implications for people living in close proximity to MTR locations have long been unknown, and even disputed. With their research, Michael and his team found evidence that the populations living near mountaintop removal sites saw significantly higher rates of birth defects, serious disease, and mortality. However, Michael's research met strong opposition from the coal industry and from local coal country governments, who didn't want his findings to be shared. Tune in to Michael's 2017 TEDMED Talk to find out how he's working to stand up for the Appalachians living near MTR sites and to establish the public health consequences of coal mining once and for all.
Views: 2545 TEDMED
Mountaintop Removal Mining
 
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Sobering images of mountaintop removal, and comments by local resident Denise Giardina. - Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to address climate disruption by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy. Visit us here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/sierraclub Instagram: https://instagram.com/sierraclub
Views: 6806 NationalSierraClub
Mountaintop Removal (MTR) on 60 Minutes
 
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From the Citizens Coal Council archives: 60 Minutes story on Mountaintop Removal coal mining, first aired in February 2000.
Views: 368 CitizensCoalCouncil
American Coal Mining Documentary - Strip Mines - Appalachian Mountains - 1974
 
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FOR OVER 25 YEARS COAL COMPANIES HAVE STRIP MINED THOUSAND OF ACRES OF AMERICAN APPALCHIAN MOUNTAINS. THOUSAND OF ACRES OF COUNTRY ARE LAID WASTE AS WHOLE MOUNTAINSIDE ARE BLASTED AND BULLDOZED TO REACH OFTEN TINY COAL SEAMS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST LAND OWNERS IN THE AREA IS THE BRITISH COMPANY "AMERICAN ASSOCIATION LTD" WHICH FORMS PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL EMPIRE HEADED BY AN EX LORD MAYOR OF LONDON, SIR DENYS LOWSON. First Shown: 25/07/1974 If you would like to license a clip from this video please e mail: [email protected] Quote: VT9724
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Witnesses to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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Ten Unitarian Universalists and friends from Charlottesville, VA traveled to Kayford Mountain in June 2010 to witness a mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) site. They were led by Larry Gibson, whose property is surrounded by 1200 acres of MTR. We are determined to fight to end this environmental disaster. Join us!
Views: 535 sbaiocco11
Appalachian Mountaintop Removal in Google Earth & Maps
 
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Appalachian Voices, a small non-profit organization in North Carolina, is using Google Earth and Google Maps to help people grasp the scale of destruction from mountaintop removal for coal mining. You can fly over the mines in Google Earth or use Google Maps API to learn how you are using power from mines in Appalachia.
Views: 55480 Google Earth
Mountaintop Removal Mining, Charleston, WV
 
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This video clip highlights the destructive process of strip mining of Appalachian mountains near Charleston, WV. Once mountains are blasted with dynamite to access the coal, they are destroyed forever. These mountain ranges are among the oldest geological formations that exist on our planet (480 million years old) and are one of the most biologically diverse regions in the temperate world. But there's more. Mountaintop mining removal not only destroys the mountains, but also the lives of the people who live there. Residents next to these operations live with destroyed habitat and noise. Coal dust from blasting and coal processing operations and contaminated water from valley fills and coal slurry injections into the ground causes respiratory disease, kidney and gall bladder failure, and cancer. They live with constant fear that a coal slurry impoundment might break, causing death and destruction on a massive scale. The flyover was provided by SouthWings (www.southwings.org) and depicts Kayford Mountain, a 1,200-acre mountaintop removal mine operation; Marsh Fork Elementary School, located just 150 feet from a coal loading silo and 400 yards from a 2.8 billion gallon toxic waste impoundment; and the town of Sylvester, a community whose health and property has been adversely affected by pervasive black coal dust from an adjacent mountaintop removal mining operation. Aerial footage was taken during an Eco-Justice Collaborative June, 2009 delegation to Charleston, WV. Visit www.ecojusticecollaborative.org for more information.
Views: 11663 Pamela J. Richart
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in West Virginia
 
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A short video about the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining on West Virginia communities.
Views: 15682 Gwen Schantz
Mountaintop Removal: Background
 
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This video gives background information on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining and was created for a project in Environmental Engineering 1. The purpose was for background only--no information on the effects are shown, although the impacts of Mountaintop Removal (both on humans and on the environment) are significant and negative. Please watch and leave a comment for me! The information in this video was obtained from: http://mountainjustice.org/facts/steps.php ; information about the impacts of Mountaintop Removal can also be found there.
Views: 910 lcelestej
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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Marielle and Natalie's movie for ECON 376-001
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Mountaintop-Removal Mining CNN LOVES BIG COAL
 
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CNN glosses over the seriousness of the issue of Mountaintop-Removal Mining technique as if CNN were speaking on behalf of the coal industry. CNN doesn't bother to get both sides of the story and instead is dismissive of anyone who criticizes Big Coal as being left-wing nutters rather than concerned citizens of the Appalachian area.
Views: 1189 Gordon Coombes
Paying the price for mountaintop mining jobs
 
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West Virginia residents hope for strip mining projects on Blair Mountain that bring needed jobs but put their lives and health at risk.
Views: 204 CNN Business
Mountaintop Removal in Kentucky
 
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The Destruction of the Appalachian Mountains due to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
Views: 28579 mountainjustice
Coal Mining in Appalachia
 
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This video is about Coal Mining via Mountain Top Removal. Appalachian Coal Mining See how coal is mined in the Appalachian Mountains via Mountain Top Removal. This 30 minute video takes you inside a giant dragline and tells the whole story from blasting the rock to transporting the coal by rail. See Elk enjoying the reclaimed land. I started this project in 2002.
Views: 271332 Gary Smith
Let's End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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Watch The Sierra Club's video featuring footage of Ashley Judd speaking out against mountaintop removal. Then take action at www.sierraclub.org/mountaintop to help put an end to this destructive practice. Footage courtesy of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Evening Star Production's "The Appalachians" - Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to address climate disruption by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy. Visit us here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/sierraclub Instagram: https://instagram.com/sierraclub
Views: 25781 NationalSierraClub
HUGE Mining Explosion Caught on Camera
 
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Mountain top removal in Alabama. Sloan Mountain Mine owned by MS&R Equipment Co. This strip mine is located on a bend along the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Jefferson County, Alabama. In addition to a long list of problems, the runoff from this mine has been pouring a significant amount of sediments and contaminants into the Locust Fork River. Mines like this are being increasingly permitted throughout Alabama. In Alabama there are weak regulations and lax enforcement of them, making it easy for coal companies to destroy mountains, alter wildlife habitat, mine through and pollute streams, and diminish the quality of life for nearby residents.  A strip mine can clear the forest, blast, and excavate over 200 feet deep within just 100 feet of a river and within 300 feet of an inhabited home. Visit http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/coal-mining.html to find out more.
Views: 47277 Hunter Nichols
Mountaintop Removal Movie from iLoveMountains.org
 
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More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video of mountaintop removal featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of "Blowin' in the Wind," sung by Willie Nelson. This video is part of the National Memorial for the Mountains, hosted by www.ilovemountains.org.
Views: 209470 AppalachianVoices
Matt Wasson - The True Cost of Mountaintop Removal
 
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Matt Wasson is an ecologist, and he sees a problem. Every week in Appalachia, West Virginia, mountaintops are blown up to get coal. This fills the air with toxic dust clouds and lowers the water quality for those living around the mountains. But it’s not just an issue for the immediate vicinity. “The idea of blowing up these mountains to power our light switches is a very sad prospect,” Matt says. Coal companies blow up the mountaintops, but we can’t afford to be wasteful and careless in how we produce and consume energy any longer. We must take responsibility for our actions toward nature and the effect they will have on future generations. We must protect our mountains. And that’s exactly what Matt, director of programs for Appalachian Voices, plans to do. Join the award-winning online campaign he created, and stand up to stop mountaintop removal coal mining on http://iLoveMountains.org. -- Produced by Wanderlust Festival (http://wanderlust.com) Filmed and edited by: Circus Picnic (http://circuspicnic.com/) Filmed at Wanderlust Snowshoe 2015 Additional footage: (http://appalachianvoices.org)
Views: 1538 Wanderlust
Reclamation - Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
 
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A former mountaintop removal coal mine site in eastern Kentucky - reclaimed with grass and lespedeza and a few trees.
Views: 765 mountainjustice
Stop Mountaintop Removal
 
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Mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying Appalachia. http://www.stopmountaintopremoval.org Thousands of acres and hundreds of miles of streams and rivers are being permanently demolished while state and federal governments look the other way. The culture and history of Appalachia is disappearing with each mountaintop that is blown away. Mountaintop removal mining is the worst environmental disaster our country has ever known, and it's time this destructive mining practice ends!
Views: 6396 Earthjustice
Scientists Seek Ban on Mountaintop Mining
 
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For more videos, go to http://news.discovery.com/videos/discovery-news-earth/. Mountaintop mining causes permanent damage to the environment and exposes people to serious health risks, says a new report by a leading group of scientists. Jorge Ribas reports.
Views: 10358 Discovery
Coal Mining and Mountaintop Removal
 
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2008 Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader discusses the coal mining industry. This is in response to a question asked by a student at the University of West Virginia, September 24, 2008. Video by Karen Kilroy - http://karenkilroy.com
Views: 4076 votenader08
Photojournalist Antrim Caskey on West Virginias Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining 1 of 2
 
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We Are Tearing Down Our Mountains: Photojournalist Antrim Caskey on West Virginias Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining The Environmental Protection Agency took a significant step last week toward blocking one of Appalachias largest and most disputed mountaintop removal coal mines. On Friday the EPA proposed a veto of the Clean Water Act permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia. Earlier this month, we interviewed Antrim Caskey, a photojournalist who has been chronicling the nonviolent fight against mountaintop removal coal mining. Her new book is Dragline.
Views: 202 AlJalHal
Mountain Top Removal
 
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A discussion on Mountain Top Removal on "To The Contrary"
Views: 2556 John L. Wathen
Mountaintop Removal part 2 of 2
 
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Part two - The hidden destruction of the Appalachian Mountains by coal mining companies using mountaintop removal.
Views: 10669 mountainjustice
Mountaintop Mining The Good, Bad & Ugly
 
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APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS, W. Va. -- The United States is known as the Saudi Arabia of coal, with over 50 percent of our electricity generated by this abundant natural resource. Coal also generates tremendous controversy. Much of the debate centers not on pollution, but getting the coal out of the ground.
Views: 3802 Boonedog Music
The Last Mountain
 
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In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal. The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal. The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain's top off to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states. Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, Big Coal corporations repeat the process daily in the name of profit. Massive profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than 40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner's best friend. As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal's control over our future. This fact and a belief that America was founded on the democratic principal that no individual or corporation owns the air and water and we all share the responsibility of protecting it, drives these patriotic citizens and their supporters from outside of Appalachia, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting.A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans when they fight for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on America's energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all. Written, directed and produced by Bill Haney, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder and president of the eco-housing start-up, Blu Homes, THE LAST MOUNTAIN was co-written and edited by Peter Rhodes and produced by Clara Bingham and Eric Grunebaum. Narrated by William Sadler, the film features original music by composer Claudio Ragazzi and includes the song "Your Control" by Crooked Fingers and Neko Case. Category:
Views: 428182 TheDisinfector2
Ashley Judd speaks about Mountaintop Removal Mining
 
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On June 9, 2010 artist and activist Ashley Judd spoke at the National Press Club. Her speech on mountaintop removal mining, and her ties to Kentucky, are moving and inspirational.
Views: 13442 NRDCflix
Mountaintop Removal : West Virginia
 
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Mountaintop removal is decimating Appalachia and the communities living in the region. This is the most biologically diverse region in the temperate world with over 10,000 species exiting here. It is time to put a stop to this practice. Visit https://www.facebook.com/kanawhaforestcoalition/info or https://www.facebook.com/mtnjustice?fref=ts for more information. Music: Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
Views: 815 Timmy Clay
Mountaintop Coal Mining
 
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This is in West Virginia in Sept./Oct. 2009
Views: 67 Rebecca Carroll
Mountaintop Removal - Black Diamonds documentary trailer
 
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"Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal & The Fight for Coalfield Justice" is an award-winning documentary exploring coal surface mining, mountaintop removal and radical community resistance in West Virginia. www.blackdiamondsmovie.com
Views: 17477 Catherine Pancake
Mountaintop Removal (the Miners)
 
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This is a group project for WRD 111 at the University of Kentucky. The purpose is to get viewers informed about mountaintop removal.
Views: 489 Dominic Sparkling
Obama EPA Approves Mountaintop Removal Mine
 
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The Obama administration has quietly approved one of six major mountaintop removal permits that were said to be undergoing close scrutiny by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Without announcing the move publicly, the EPA gave the nod for the federal Army Corps of Engineers to issue a Clean Water Act permit for CONSOL Energy Inc.'s Peg Fork Surface Mine in Mingo County, West Virginia.
Views: 794 theGlobalReport
Appalachian Mountaintop Removal System
 
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TOUR INSIDE THE MINE! Quote the Explosives Expert, "This is what we call zero impact mining" Kentucky Strip Mine Tour Mountain top removal, big machines, trucks, bulldozers, tractors viewed from Robinson Forest's fire tower and inside the mine. Strip mine operations are taking place just outside of the Robinson Forest. Natural Resource Conservation & Management undergraduates see it first hand in this strip mine field study class. No naturalists were harmed in the making of this video, however the forest was destroyed and the mountain is gone. Ping =^.^= For Complete Playlists & Full Episodes http://GoBigBlue.com/ http://VideoFreeLexington.com/ ====================== geology, zero impact mining, ditches, mountaintop removal, dirty water, coal, blasting, rock pit, dynamite, drilling, dumptruck
Views: 1914 KentuckyGiant
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining from Above
 
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- Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to address climate disruption by moving away from the dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy. Visit us here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub Twitter: https://twitter.com/sierraclub Instagram: https://instagram.com/sierraclub
Views: 490 NationalSierraClub

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