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What It Looks Like from the Air and the Ground: Mountaintop Removal Mining
Background Information from Federal Government Agencies and Related Entities
Books on Three-Day Reserve for SC 300 - Locate material to help you build your argument either for or against mountaintop removal mining. (Interlibrary items borrowed on your behalf)
Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia: Understanding Stakeholders and Change in Environmental Conflict by
Publication Date: 2014
Residents of the Appalachian coalfields are profoundly divided over the practice of mountaintop mining—that is, the removal and disposal in nearby valleys of soil and rock in order to reach underlying coal seams. Companies and some miners claim that the practice has reduced energy prices, earned income for shareholders, and provided needed jobs. Opponents of mountaintop mining argue that it poisons Appalachia’s waters and devastates entire communities for the sake of short-term gains.
Sacred Mountains by
Publication Date: 2015
Thompson provides a thorough introduction to the issues surrounding surface mining, including the environmental consequences and the resultant religious debates, and highlights the discussions being carried out in the media and by scholarly works. He also considers five popular perspectives (ecofeminism, liberation theology, environmental justice, environmental pragmatism, and political ecology) and offers his own framework and guidelines for moral engagement with the subject.
Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice, and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal by
Publication Date: 2012
Examines women’s efforts to end mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia. Mountaintop removal coal mining, which involves demolishing the tops of hills and mountains to provide access to coal seams, is one of the most significant environmental threats in Appalachia, where it is most commonly practiced.