This entirely depends on the type of mining being done. In coal mining, particularly mountain top removal, water systems are polluted making the water toxic for drinking (not to mention the entire mountain is being blown up). In uranium mining there is a whole new set of problems with radiation. Mining for oil shale, natural gas or any other stock fuel has environmental impacts in the immediate area as well as any pipelines that have to be installed to transport it. Gold, Silver, and other precious metal mining has immediate erosion problems with waterways. All mining has an environmental impact in one way or another. This doesn’t even take into consideration the environmental effects that take place after the resource is mined.
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