In the Sierras, they climb them. In the Rockies, they ski them. In Appalachia, they level them.http://www.nrdc.org/energy/coal/mtr/
Oh, the West Virginia hills! I must bid you now adieu.
“Let me ask you this: What do you hold so close to your own circle of life that you would not put a price on it? What would it be for you? For me, it is the mountains and the people of Appalachia.”
The mountains in the background of this blog are in danger of being destroyed by a process called MTR, mountain top removal. Hundreds of mountains have been destroyed. .
Cemeteries in the midst of mines. ( Many old family and local cemeteries end up like this.)
This is what MTR looks like
Before and after MTR:
|Notice the farmhouse at bottom left in this photo take June 7, 2005.|
|Notice the same farmhouse, a bit above center, right, in this photo taken Oct. 21, 2006|
One special mountain needs to be saved no matter what your views of MTR happen to be.
There is a fight going on to save Blair Mountain, the site of a little known unprecedented event in the history of the United States. a historical site stained with the blood of miners who fought and died to improve conditions in the mines. Coal companies want to destroy Blair Mountain to get at the coal it harbors.