Dangers of mountaintop removal In Appalachia

02/05/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: a look at the impact mountaintop removal coal mining is having on the people and environment of Appalachia.

But first, three listener comments about yesterday’s program. The first about the interview with author Jim Douglass about his new book on the Kennedy assassination called JFK and the Unspeakable. The other comments were about proposals by the president to limit executive pay for companies that receive a federal bailout.

Thirty percent of Florida’s electricity is generated by burning coal. Most of that coal comes from Appalachia. Tuesday night WMNF will present an award-winning film about the way coal is increasingly being extracted from the mountains of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Michael O’Connell, the director of Mountaintop Removal, joins us now.

For more information, visit Hawriverfilms.com.

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Mountain Top "Restoration"

I have family that relocated to Eastern Kentucky (Floyd and Martin County) many years ago and I visit several times a year. I have brought up the the dangers of mountain top removal, but a lot of the people in that region are very happy because the coal company, Massey, has restored the mountaintop into a beautiful site to behold. I have added a link to a major golf course which attracts many tourists to that area which was once a strip mine, and which now brings many tourists (with lots of money) into their area. Also included is a new Little League/sports complex which replaces the one “in town” that floods, an airport and restaurant, and many elk have been brought into the area and have multiplied. http://www.stonecrestky.com/