“To date, Appalachia has lost more than 500 hills to mountaintop removal — the practice has obliterated 2,000 miles of streams and hundreds of hollows. But until you actually see the devastation firsthand, these are just numbers. Until you actually look over an ancient beautiful mountain range that has been reduced to rubble, you just can’t know the true toll. Even the pictures I’ve included here are a pale telling of what’s really happening in Appalachia. It’s like the difference between reading about a terrible accident on the highway and actually walking among the fresh wreckage — there’s just no comparison.”
This was originally posted at The Seams & The Story . Appalachian activism, culture and values have had tremendous impacts on life in the United States. Union coal miners put their lives on the line, and sometimes lost them, for worker’s rights,…
A really fascinating look at how Appalachian culture is being impacted by strip mining and mountaintop removal. Appalachia is literally one of the last, if not THE last, truly rural regions of America. There are people living up in those mountains who have no social security numbers because they were born up there and died up there for generations. Some literally live in log cabins with no electricity. They grow and hunt their own food, some make their own clothes- it really is the last bastion of wilderness in the US. And now their air and water- EVERYONE’S air and water- is being poisoned, and the area is being irreparably destroyed by coal mining companies. The Appalachian mountain range is THE oldest mountain range in the entire world.
The main reason wizards won't reprint those cards is to keep modern in check. Standard usually would be fine with them.
WELL they could just ban em… but no those cards wont work in standard either. Strip mine basically just say “ If your opponent falls behind on land, this will ensure yo victory at turn 2″
Necropotence and Counterspell does the same thing as lightning bolt and just screams “ you might as well splash our colors to play us”…especially since necroptence was banned in standard super early if im not mistaken
The Appalachian Mountains are rich with coal, and they are in grave danger. Strip mining is an ever growing industry. It is spreading like wildfire through these mountains. Mining companies are literally blasting away hundreds of mountain tops in order to reach the coal veins. Over 500 mountains so far have been destroyed! If this problem does not stop, this beautiful place filled with natural wonders will cease to exist. A lot of people don’t realize what serious danger the Appalachians are in.
We need to STAND UP! It’s time for change. This is not a one person mission, it is a task requiring many. Every voice counts! Let everyone know were are sick of sacrificing our mountains. Demand access to clean energy, and water. Put a stop to this outrageous destruction!
so my friends and i had a big ass sleepover right. while there, one of my friends repaid me for buying drinks last time we all hung out, but he repaid me all in singles (he’s a waiter, so it was his tip money). when i got home and was unpacking, my dad saw the wad of singles in my bag and stared at me and i was like “dad, come on have a little faith in me. i’d make WAY better money than that if i stripped”
and he just looks at me for a second then walks off with a “you’d better. college isn’t cheap, son.”
Results showed that diagnosable levels of major depression were present in almost 17% of respondents in mountaintop removal mining areas, compared to 10% of residents in non-mining areas. This disparity was partly attributable to socioeconomic disadvantage, but after statistical control for income, education, and other risks, depression risk for residents in the mountaintop removal area remained significantly elevated..
On Thursday, February 9th, at 8:45am – the Fresno County Planning Commission (PC) will deliberate on the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) submitted to permit the Cemex Corporation to blast strip mine Jesse Morrow Mountain for the next 50 years. We assume this will be the first of potentially dozens of local foothill strip mines in the coming years once this precedence is set. The public is urged to speak at this meeting.
Find attached the PC meeting Agenda. JMM is agenda item #3.
Unfortunately for ‘we the people’, the vote for Cemex’s strip mine has apparently already been pre-approved by the Planning Commission. From the Planning Department’s own “Staff Report" issued publicly last week, it appears as if the PC has clearly made up its mind, and will summarily vote YES to Certify the FEIR and approve the mine. All that’s needed apparently is a fill-in-the-blank certification of who voted YES. We ask: Why is it only in Fresno County that your citizen voice, in what is supposed to be a democratic process, where votes should be cast after hearing public testimony from citizens not decided behind closed doors, why has your voice been so thoroughly put aside in this pre-arranged decision?
The precise wording of this 'projected’ outcome (which the county itself has written into the record) is in Exhibit 8, p.88 of their own "Staff Report” which they provided for the PC meeting regarding the findings and statement of overriding considerations - last week!
“The County of Fresno proposes to approve Cemex…” p.87 & etc, then on p.88 at the top:
“On February 9, 2012, the Fresno County Planning Commission considered and heard testimony on the Project from the Project proponents, the general public, and the Commission’s staff. The Commission of February 9, 2012 voted to recommend certification of the EIR and approval of Reduced Alternative 4 by a vote of INSERT VOTES FOR AND AGAINST.”
Note the past tense of this outcome of a meeting not yet held! Was this really written some time ago by the Planning Office to pave the way for their pre-approved YES vote? Absolutely! And unambiguously, they state the county has approved this vote before the vote. Is this the standing operational procedure in Fresno?
Duh. Right again. Standard procedure. Unfortunately in this case, it would appear that employees at the county development office, as well as among the Planning Commission itself (doubtless too at Cemex all in cozy cahoots) – together in their rubber-stamp process, they are apparently able to time travel into the future, assign their fill-in-the-blank YES vote proactively to a meeting not yet held, and return back to the present to let 'we the citizens’ know, via this off-hand bureaucratic statement on page 88, the outcome of their prearranged certification of a strip mine at a meeting still several days hence before any of the rest of us have even had a chance to show up, let alone voice our concerns! Jimminy cricket. Read that sentence again then go back and read their report. Is this what the democratic process in Fresno County has fallen to? Apparently so.
PLEASE COME DOWN TO THE HALL OF RECORDS ON THURSDAY NEXT AND BE ON RECORD IN YOUR FIRM OPPOSITION AGAINST THIS MOUNTAIN-TOP BLAST STRIP MINE THAT WILL SIT ADJACENT TO OUR CITY FOR 50 (LIKELY 100) YEARS – FIRST STRIP MINE AMONG MANY WE HAVE NO DOUBT TO RUIN THE WESTERN SIERRA ONCE THIS FIRST APPROVAL IS MADE – AN UNENDING BLIGHT AT THE VERY GATEWAY TO TWO OF AMERICA’S MOST TREASURED NATIONAL PARKS, A MOUNTAIN SACRED TO THE TRADITIONAL CHOINUMNI INDIANS, AND A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER-STREWN MOUNTAIN AT THAT.
GO OUT TO SEE IT BEFORE IT IS DESTROYED SOME STAR-STREWN NIGHT THIS WEEK, TAKE YOUR SWEETHEART FOR A VALENTINE’S RIDE UP ALONG THE BLOSSOM TRAIL ON THE GENERALS HIGHWAY ON THAT LONELY OPEN ROAD TO THE TWIN PARKS. PULL TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD PAST MINKLER AND LOOK UP IN WONDER. IT’S BEAUTIFUL.
WHAT A LOVELY MOON-DAPPLED MOUNTAIN IT IS!
THIS, A BLAZING MOUNTAIN-TOP STRIP MINE?
Fresno County is your democracy, dear friends, you make the call (not the cozy pre-arranged back door politics of the all-too-typical development-at-all-costs business-as-usual planning process we see in abundance here.)
Prepared by the Coalition to Save Jesse Morrow Mountain
Mountaintop Removal, and “untouched” Appalachia. The big coal industry is butchering the mountains I so dearly love. When you’re in a place so beautiful, it's disgusting to see something like this in the middle of it. It’s not only killing the environment, but the people who live here are greatly effected as well… even dying from illnesses associated with strip mining. This madness of greed needs to be PUT TO AN END. STOP MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL!!!