The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 requires the land be “reclaimed” through a couple of options with money from the Abandoned Mine Land fund. This usually involves some type of cleanup of remaining loose coal and sediment. Reparations are sometimes, but not often, paid to the surrounding communities for the pollution of ground water. Realistically mining companies are so powerful politically that they are rarely held responsible for the damage they do to the mountains and the surrounding communities.
Do you know if Obama’s administration is doing anything to change this?
I know the Obama administration has in many ways condemned mountaintop removal, but has not put a stop to it all together. Unfortunately after the top of a mountain has been removed there is only so much that can be done to reverse the adverse environmental effects. Obama has opted to try to curb the most environmentally damaging effects of mountaintop removal. Here is a link to a good article on Scientific American. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=obama-restricts-mountaintop-removal
Thanks for your helpful answer and comment, are there any petitions or anything we can sign for this issue?
I think there are some online petitions you can sign. Honestly, I’m not sure what good they can do, but at least it is a way to show that the public wants to take action. Politicians are swayed by voters opinions. The main petition is no longer available but here is one targeting MTR water pollution.
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