Mountain Top Removal mining accounts for less than 5% of US coal production as of 2001. However, in some places it can account for as much as 30% of the local economy, such as in parts of West Virginia. It’s probably a good thing that MTR accounts for so little of the United States’ coal production, as it is incredibly destructive: it drops waste and rubble into watersheds, and can literally tear mountains apart. All this happening in one of the most biologically diverse parts of the country (Appalachia).
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