Argument: Mountaintop removal waste fills/destroys streams

Issue Report: Ban on mountaintop removal coal mining


John McQuaid. “Mountaintop Mining Legacy: Destroying Appalachian Streams.” Yale Environment 360. July 20th, 2009: “Of all the environmental problems caused by mountaintop projects — decapitated peaks, deforestation, the significant carbon footprint — scientists have found that valley fills do the most damage because they destroy headwater streams and surrounding forests, which are crucial to the workings of mountain ecosystems.”

I love “DUMPING WASTE — The waste from the mining operation, also known as overburden or spoil, is dumped into nearby valleys, burying streams. According to an EPA environmental impact statement, more than 1,000 miles of Appalachian streams were permitted to be buried as of 2001.”