Sustain Environments assignment 5 - Cara Heenan Deep Down A Story from the Heart of Coal Country Mountain top removal is the process through which coal

Sustain Environments assignment 5 - Cara Heenan Deep Down A...

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Cara Heenan Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country Mountain top removal is the process through which coal mining companies cut off the tops of mountains and mine for coal. This process occurs when a coal mining company scopes out hillside properties that are seemingly abandoned and/or areas where people are in tough financial situations because they are more easily convinced by the money offered to them in return for the leasing of their surrounding property. After the companies are able to find a suitable area, the coal mining company can then make a series of cuts to remove the mountain tops and use the area below to mine for coal. The mountain tops are moved into nearby valleys. The purpose of removing the mountain tops is to allow the coal mining companies more easy access to the areas underneath the tops of the mountains where coal is found. Once the mountain tops are blasted off, a new, flat, and lower surface allow companies to be closer to mining sites in a quicker and easier fashion. Most importantly, this process allows companies to cut back on mining costs, despite the fact that it exploits the people who live in and around the areas that are effected by the process. The major pro-coal mining argument made throughout the film is that coal is a necessary resource to our country and contributes largely to the state of economy, just as the
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  • Spring '13
  • AllisonHayes-Conroy
  • Coal, Coal mining, coal mining company

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