As quoted from their Education – Mining 101 page:
“Surface coal mining techniques, which account for the majority of national coal production and roughly 42 percent of West Virginia’s coal production, involve the mechanical removal of overlying native earth and rock or “overburden” to reach underlying coal seams.”
“Far from the destructiveness portrayed in the mass media, mining operations have actually helped improve habitat for wildlife in Appalachia. “
How can mining operations actually help improve the habitat? Well, they didn’t say.
via Mining 101.
AND, if you go to the Education – Restoration photos page, what do you find? Nothing. I generally post news articles, but I have a special dislike for coal companies that try to portray themselves as good people. They are crucial to the energy supply, and much of the electricity we use is from coal, but it is not environmentally friendly.