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Are You Responsible For Mountaintop Removal? A New Tool Shows How It’s All Connected

Are You Responsible For Mountaintop Removal? A New Tool Shows How It’s All Connected

Earlier this week the EPA announced a new water quality standard that could spell the beginning of the end for the destructive practice of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining.

Referred to as one of the most environmentally-destructive practices of our time, mountaintop removal is a radical form of coal mining where entire mountains are literally blown up and then pushed into the valleys and streams below.

Just 24 hours before the EPA’s announcement, a massive explosion ripped through the Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia on Monday, killing 25 miners and leaving 6 others missing and presumed dead. The mine was owned by the infamous Massey Energy, a company has been fined over $400,000 for saftey violations that allowed flammable gas and coal dust to build up inside the mine — this year alone. Investigators suspect that just such a buildup caused the blast.

There’s no denying that MTR is a dirty, dangerous business that encourages our addiction to fossil fuels, speeds the destruction of precious ecosystems, and puts human lives in danger every day.

For those that live outside Appalachia, MTR can seem like a distant problem, worthy of hand-wringing and petition-signing, but little else in the way of action.

Thanks to a new online tool recently released by ilovemountains.org, however, innocence by way of geography isn’t going to get Americans off the hook so easily in the future.

If your home or business uses electricity, there’s a good chance you are connected to mountaintop removal in the Appalachian Mountains, plain and simple. Just by entering your zip code, the “What’s My Connection?” tool will show you how you’re contributing to the problem and what you can do about it.

Support the EPA’s Veto of Mountaintop Removal Mining!

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4:38PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

This a TRAGEDY on so many levels!!!

3:51AM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

we do so many choices that we are not aware of... until we read about it here! :)

11:25PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

Johan l, I think the poll means for you to type in your zip code and see if you are contributing to MTR and then answer the poll question...

10:29PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

If ever a poll was ambiguous, it is this one?
What on earth do you mean by asking if someone is connected to mountaintop removal?
I voted "no" but I have a sneaking suspicion that the question asked is not correct.
Anyway, when I was reading the article I thought that maybe this Blankenship monster was somehow connected.
Lo and behold, he owns that particular mine.
I hope they force through the legislation as soon as humanly possible, to stop further destruction of the environment.

6:33AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

Of course we're all connected to the mountaintop removals. Because everything is connected!

12:35AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

thanks

5:33PM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

everyone, please sign and share:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/5/tell-obama-to-put-solar-panels-back-on-the-white-house

thanks so much

11:21AM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

Eco tourism in Mountain top for economy and Eco-friendly way to withdraw fossil fuel to export trade instead blasting. Blasting affect environmental chain from animals to plants. Best Green energy are Hydroelectric, Geothermal, Solar, and Wind. Recycle like bathing (Tub) water for flushing toilet, recycle tin/ plastic, food waste (fruits, Vegetable, seafood shells) for organic compost.

8:31AM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

Thanks for the post. Wonders WHAT it will take until we change.

10:32PM PDT on Apr 11, 2010

My bank is but we will be switching to a locally owned one soon. Now I will feel extra good about it. Thanks for the post.

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