100 Feet of Sandstone for 4 Feet of Coal
MTR destroys entire mountains to make it easier for coal companies to access coal veins. These deposits are found in “seems” hundreds of feet under the surface, that are generally no more than 4 feet thick, but often as thin as 2 or 3 inches.
We were given a tour of two different abandoned MTR sites, by a local man, who was a former coal miner and a federal inspector of coal mines. You could see the coal seems and the destruction created. The first site involved the destruction of more than 100 feet of sandstone (not to mention the forest and wildlife above it) for two seems of coal totalling no more than 4 feet of coal (the top seem was only a few inches) The second site there were no visible seems of coal, but our local guide explained that there were more seems under parts not yet exposed, that the company may choose to try mining in the future.
A report back from the EarthFirst! Round River Rendezvous at the Jefferson National Forrest on the Kentucky-Virginia border.
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