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Coal River by Michael Shnayerson
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Jun 12, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

Tragic, tragic, tragic. Some of the oldest mountains in the world are being blown apart in a beautiful state to get at the coal so we can have cheap energy. Do average Americans even know this is going on? There is a delicate balance between saving the environment and saving good paying local jobs. However, once the mountains are gone, they are gone--"stream reconstruction" sounds ridiculous. In the long run, I wonder how mountaintop mining will affect West Virginia tourism, health of the residents in the area, and how mitigaton efforts look many years down the road.

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