Winds of Change Newsletter, April 2006 See sidebar for table of contents
Mountaintop Removal Mining Visible - From Space!
These two high altitude photos were taken seven years apart in the
same area around Kayford Mountain, WV. The image on the left was taken
in 1996. The image on the right was taken in 2003. Note the number of
ridgelines and mountaintops that have vanished, to be replaced by low
rolling wasteland that is nowhere near the approximate original
contour, as required by federal law. Look closely and you can see the
giant stairstep shapes of the valley fills, a sludge pond and the large
areas of flattened ground that have been reclaimed, according to the
coal companies. Pretty amazing that you can see mountaintop removal
mining from outer space!