Mountaintop-removal mines in Appalachia are estimated to produce just 5 to 10 percent of total U. This highly destructive form of surface mining is disfiguring an entire region, the coalfield areas of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, because of one reason: profit. More than mountains in the southern Appalachians, which are among the oldest mountains on Earth, have already been sheared off. Vast areas of wildlife habitat, the most biologically diverse forest in North America, have been obliterated. Roughly miles of streams have been filled or severly degraded by mining waste, all in pursuit of coal.
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In Harlan County and eastern Kentucky, we have a rich culture, natural beauty, valuable resources such as mountains, forests and water, and a history worth preserving. We are a chapter of KFTC because we believe that these assets and characteristics define who we are, and in preserving and protecting them we are defending a way of life and leaving what is most special about this place for future generations. House of Representatives on July 1. Blackjewel — the company that gained notoriety last year when it shut down while owing its workers unpaid wages — has unreclaimed mines throughout eastern Kentucky, as well as in Virginia and West Virginia. In filings earlier this year, Blackjewel assured the court that the majority of its permits and reclamation obligations had been assumed by other operations, which would be responsible for maintaining and reclaiming the sites. However, there has been no activity to transfer of the permits the company holds in Kentucky, research has revealed.
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