Leveling Appalachia

Link cour­tesy of End­less Emen­da­tion.

Dur­ing the last two decades, moun­tain­top removal min­ing in Appalachia has destroyed or severe­ly dam­aged more than a mil­lion acres of for­est and buried near­ly 2,000 miles of streams. Lev­el­ing Appalachia: The Lega­cy of Moun­tain­top Removal Min­ing, a video report pro­duced by Yale Envi­ron­ment 360 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Medi­aS­torm, focus­es on the envi­ron­men­tal and social impacts of this prac­tice and exam­ines the long-term effects on the region’s forests and water­ways.

At a time when the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion is review­ing min­ing per­mit appli­ca­tions through­out West Vir­ginia and three oth­er states, this video offers a first-hand look at moun­tain­top removal and what is at stake for Appalachia’s envi­ron­ment and its peo­ple.

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