Tag Archives: bituminous coal

Even in coal country, the coal industry fights on

It still amazes me, more than a little, that I lived two decades in a region of Pennsylvania where the raping of natural land was rampant in the heyday of underground mining for anthracite coal. There was no land ethic, only the scouring of untold thousands and thousands of acres of Appalachian hardwood forest. Well spring forward to today, and the raping of land in northeastern Pennsylvania continues in the form of sprawl and road-building. In Kentucky and other points South, the Big Coal fights safety and public-health regulations. Read about it here.

Death toll in W. Va. coal mine blast at 25

Yet another reason to stop the mining – and burning – of coal. Saving jobs or saving the planet – what comes first? Read the NY Times’ coverage of this latest disaster. Go here for coverage from the West Virginia Gazette.