Sunday, August 15, 2010

New battle in W Va pits mountaintop removal against wind power

The Business Day section of the Sunday New York Times, Aug. 15, leads off with a big photo story about mountaintop removal and strip mining for coal, mainly in the southern Appalachians. The title is “A Battle in Mining Country Pits Coal Against Wind”, by Tom Zeller Jr. It discusses the proposed Coal River Mountain expansion of the huge Kayford mine. In an area called Rock Creek, near Whitesville (and Charleston WVA) there is a proposal to build windmills on top of the ridge, a practice already done on Allegheny Mountain in Pennsylvania.

The article has a map showing the areas of surface mining and mountaintop removal. It does not (yet) encroach on the Spruce Knob and Dolly Sods area, but does occur in the Mt. Storm area to the north of that. I wrote about Spruce Knob in Friday Aug 13 on my main “BillBoushka” blog after a day trip. The strip mine area covers most of the mountainous area of eastern Kentucky, and a little of southwestern Virginia; I saw a lot of strip mining damage there in May 1972.

The link for the story is here.

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