I heard about putting the top back on a mountain in San Francisco (Mt. Livermore). Could the same thing be done with mountaintops removed for coal mining?



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    It appears that the top of Mt. Livermore was only bulldozed off to the side, so when the top was “replaced,” workers just pushed the dirt back onto it and reshaped it. In the case of mountaintop removal mining, the materials that are blown off to expose the coal are dumped into adjacent valleys. It sounds like replacing this material would be feasible, but the problem isn’t just physically putting the rocks, dirt, and vegetation back. The mining process destroys ecosystems, so while simply moving the material back fixes the aesthetics, it does nothing to repair the damage to the habitat.

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