Coal Mining's Environmental Impact | From The Ashes - Lake Harding Association

Coal Mining’s Environmental Impact | From The Ashes

Coal Mining’s Environmental Impact | From The Ashes

By Micah Moen 77 Comments September 12, 2019


[explosion] MARY ANNE HITT: To me as
somebody who had grown up in the mountains and
love the mountains, the idea that a coal
company had the right to blow up an entire mountain
and wipe it off the map forever was just unconscionable. These places are
not just sort of physically important to people,
but they are spiritually important to people. And once they’re gone,
they’re gone forever. You can’t put a
mountain back together. And I just deeply feel that
no company has the right to take away something
that ultimately belongs and matters to so many people. Just look across the valley. Next door, that’s what
it used to be like– one of the most diverse forests
on the planet, and now it’s a wasteland. Over there used to be
a valley and a stream that’s now covered up with
thousands of feet of boulders. That’s never going
to be the same again. And over 2000 miles of
streams have been buried in Appalachia– some
of the most diverse streams on the planet,
some of the cleanest water on the planet. And that is a huge loss
to this part of the world. MARGARET PALMER: When that
rock material is pushed over the edge of the
now flattened mountain, it ends up dissolving
a lot of minerals into the water, things like
iron, magnesium, calcium. And organisms can’t
tolerate that, so it kills organisms
in the stream. And so that material, that water
that is now heavily polluted runs out of the base
of the valley fill, into streams, and eventually
into rivers below. MARY ANNE HITT: They also
store the mining waste in these huge earthen dams, and
they’re holding back billions of gallons of toxic
sludge that’s leaking into the drinking water. REGINA LILLY: Everybody’s well
is pretty much contaminated in one form or another. So I don’t use water to cook. I use it to do the dishes, but
that’s about it, because you can wipe the water off. There’s a guy that we tend to
help out every now and again. Here’s is blind from the water. He could take his water,
turn his water on, put it in a clear water bottle,
put his hand over it, sit for a few seconds,
even put a cap on it, take the cap off, and take
a lighter and light it, and water will burn. So yeah, water around
here is pretty bad.

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Maxum

fuck coal mining, renewable energy is good

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Jordan King

Thanks trump

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Jesusabudhabi

The only reason we still use coal is because the rich want to stay rich. Once the world isn't so wrapped up in greed then we could start using renewable energy more frequently and not destroy our planet any further

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jeffodabear

Coal is a dirty power source that is very carbon intensive to extract and transport. The fact that we blow the tops off mountains then pick the rest of them apart for a resource that we already should have discontinued use of is nauseating. Sure there are tens of thousands of coal based jobs in the US and millions around the world, but those people just unfortunately need to move into different industries. The same thing happened when we stopped hunting wales for lamp oil, its just the logical direction society needs to move. Trump referencing coal miners all the time is just because Trump is an idiot and he cant come up with a better sounding, more "american" type blue collar job than a coal miner. Him "saving coal jobs" is going save a couple dozen thousand jobs in a population of 360 million people.

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youssef Abou hamad

cff

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starpravesh

Minecraft didn't teach me this.

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Curtis Seebaran

Coal is mined as well as iron, copper, and other important metals and semi-metals used in industry. May we have a video clip on those other mining procesess too.

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Thoughtyness

Look at it this way: Coal will be used when it is cheaper than solar, wind, hydro, etc. The more coal we mine, the less there is to mine in cheap easy places, this leaves, the soon to be majority, in impossible to reach places, thus increasing the cost of coal above that of renewable resources forcing the planet to switch to renewable. This will increase the demand that will then end up reducing the cost to switch, making any new technology for mining fossil fuels useless. The more revenue created from the new market, the more will go into funding research and development for the few places that haven’t switched.

Td:dr
The world won’t switch to renewable resources until it is cheaper, which won’t happen until the cost of fossil fuels goes up or the price of renewable goes down. Both will happen when the world runs out of mineable fossil fuels.

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bitsnpieces11

Coal fire generated power is probably the cheapest electricity we can get.  Until the consumers are willing AND actually go to more expensive and more environmentally friendly sources will the coal die out.  Also coal is how you get iron out of iron ore.  You could use an electrical process but I don't know of any.

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Maureen Miettinen

Thanks for sharing this NatGeo!!

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SlipKnotRicky

I wonder why so many SOLAR companies went BANKRUPT? Alternative Energy is not ready for the masses, just rich Liberals who want to show how "green" they are…… The technology needs to be way more efficient. So use the fossil fuels as we develop renewables…………. Hey, if they use up all the coal and oil, we will be forced to use Solar, Wind, and other forms of Energy right?

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Sick Duck

This is bullshit my friends. Environmentalists destroying nations.

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Curtis Seebaran

She says all this while driving a truck whose raw materials came from mining operations just like coal mining.

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Carmen Santana

TRUMP IS MAKEING HIS RICH FRIENDS RICHER. F$$K TRUMP.

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MarcianoJRL

Russia pls nuke DC

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badasscop44

I'm all for renewable energy BUT don't be a hypocrite because we ALL use that energy, to power our homes, phones etc. so we have to blame ourselves. trump did not invent coal mining.

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Beee EZ

Reminds me of Boyd Crowder. "FIRE IN THE HOLE!"

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Tim Morris

hey tree huggers look up how much land is torn up for lithium for batteries for your storage of renewable energy. Answer; A HELL OF ALOT MORE. IDIOTS;)

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Lt. Feltersnach

who fucking cares.. it supports thousands job and gives power to millions of people. youll get over it

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Matthew Hubbs

Well you like power don't you…

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TvBoy 706

That pig pushing the other at the end tho…

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Therefore Pie

Just to let you all know Climate change/Global Warming is natural. The Earth will naturally heal and go back to its previous state before the Ice Age. The only thing that is a real long term hazard is nuclear power and a big world war. Weapons do more damage in the long run(lead, depleted uranium, toxic plastics, metal waste and gunpowder from WMDs and other types of toxic waste). Good examples of this are WWI, the Vietnam War, Iraqi/Pakistani/Afghan wars and the civil wars that have occurred. And these examples are only from America alone. A new country compared to others. So fight against wars because they fuel, metaphorically & quite literally, what could be the end of mankind and the potential destruction of the environments that keep the ecosystems stable.

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Nicholas Ramirez

I like how says, the coal and oil companies shouldn't take something away that so many people care about, well she is driving a car??? if you leave the mountain, then what would power your car. seemed a little hypocritical, and I'm certain everyone cares about there car

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Ariadna Corral

Make America GREAT again by not destroying these mountains and rivers Mr. trump.

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Edward Barros

She would have more value if she walked and did not drive.

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phillybigdoh

Please help me understand. Everything that we own and use in our daily lives is provided for us from this earth. Natural resources are essential to our survival. Is anything really sustainable once the human race decides it's necessary or desired? How are we supposed to harvest resources without any environmental impact? In my eyes, that's impossible.

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Narinder Singh

"You can't put the mountain back together". True, but then there are mountains of trash that we're building. 🤔

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IT'SHURTJAY

Yeah, it's law in some areas to restore areas to the state they were in before the mining takes place. I have family members that make sure this happens.

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Dillip Kumar

you can't comment on environment… from xxth floor of a concrete building made out of rock and with AC on

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Francis Suemitsu

#NoToMINING
#SaveMotherEarth

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Mach1Alex

Wow….

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THE OGC

Not to sound mean or harsh but get over it that is what people do they are destructive and do not care

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Fake News!

You can't set water on fire, ask Trump, he knows!

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Sarah .A

Oh my god don't make me cry we are KILLING this planet …. make it STOP

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Jose Colon

Eat Shit Bob.

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k searcher

I hate the nation which is disturbing. nature

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XIPHIASCDXX

We don't need oil/coal producers, they need us…

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vinay mane

go off

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ForwardSlash

They have the right to cut open the mountain, provide jobs, provide great futures for families. This chick survived abortion and now we have to listen to her BS and stupid false statistics. A-holes

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sharif alexander

https://www.gofundme.com/5ycx54pg

Can you help spread the word or help donate for college. Thanks a lot

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Alberto Mattia Perronace

then you see Trump and his intention to improve the coal industry and you fell that you NEED to kill him….FUCK TRUMP

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Alberto Mattia Perronace

feel*

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Nikao Me Yiothesia

I swear these videos are made for some of the most moronic and environmentally uninformed people on the planet. Talking about "mining waste" like it's like some kind of toxic, radioactive sludge. Pretending like the Appalachians are some kind of wasteland where all the wildlife is dead or dying. Leaving out that no mining operations are allowed if it's believed they'll endanger the ground water and the only people actually in any way affected live in physically rotting shacks in the middle of nowhere who usually don't even have a phone or television, upset because their century old water pumps are filthy so of course it must be the blast mining operations miles away somehow getting freaking injecting toxic particles into their ground at a higher level of effect than houses 2 blocks from chemical waste dumps in Southern Asia. Let's be honest, you know nothing about coal mining operations but what companies with a vested interest in dismantling the industry have sold to you.

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SeazBreeze

Why don't we use the clean coal Trump invented?

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Timothy Reeves

Maybe instead of trying to stop the mining ( which would be a very difficult task now ) focus on cleanup of past mines and restoring damaged areas.

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Ain't no Slice

talk to your local representative ya cooks

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Timed Creations

The coal from that place that is important to 'sooo many' people is probably more important for the people who have to get through winter, or the people who use power…

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elleguisma

fuck Trump man

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Basit Nazir

Hail to consumerism product of capitalistic thought that matter is eternal and the only way that individuals can get success is by getting more and more material things out of the limited resources of the planet. take a look only at USA it consumes 25% of world resources and a home to great oil tycoons who would never be happy to see their monopoly being deteriorated by renewable energy.

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sonicusr

Stop using your iphone/watching TV/using your PC/driving your car/sheerly living in a house itself not counting its access to electricity, water, and gas etc. if you want to stop real environmental damage. The REAL problem is we lack the motivation to create technology that may bypass permanent environmental impacts. It's okay to blow up an entire mountain as long as we have the means to recreate it in all its glory once we're finished, so please protest about our lack of technology that can replace what we destroy, don't simply complain that we destroy.

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useBrain

Driving a car while philosophizing about the pollotion of their environment. Where there is a demand there is always a supply. Dont complain about beeing dameged by the economy while beeing a part….

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whykhr

So according to NatGeo, we should put up the solar panels and wind turbines, pixie power fantasies, yep that will save us, we don't need coal. Yep that will work. Unbelievable how gullible and stupid people are. The ONLY clean replacement for coal is nuclear energy and NATGEO is boycotting all discussion of nuclear, eager to get that Big Oil $cash$.

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zasde35

It takes one pound of coal to post a comment here !

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whopperlover17

I don't care who you are, this is really sad.

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M R . MAN

hey natgeo i wanna watch genius full episodes from ep1 to finalle on my laptop but i requested an account, allways when i trying to sign i founded that i can't because allways an error accured, i need some of your crew member unused account to log in, can you help me with that natgeo?

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JR Ewing

It's sad that future generations to come will have to suffer the consequences of man's greed.

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Bernard

i live in Denmark and i have for the last 3 years lived with rerunned shows on my tv,,, and in Denmark each channel is hella expensive, i am going to baaaaan ngc from my need fore knowlegde, because darwin havent obviousley crossed thier mind, if you need new information just say so, but please dont try to surveive on rerunnes, it is imbarrassing. over and out. ngc is OUT. and so is my spelling i know…..,

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Lou Montana

No other industry has so much welfare built into it. Hardrock miners do not get the welfare coal miners expect. They kind of sicken me with their self entitlement.

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Josh

People that are against coal companies should donate all of their coal products. I would to super happy to take those products. Feel stupid yet? Leave a comment.

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Magre

I watched the whole documentary on NG yesterday. And while I am all for clean energy the movie never showed the arguments of the other side. It was all bashing really. And very little proven scientific facts. All is based on some hearsay.

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Benjamin Smith

If free energy were not suppressed this wouldn't have to happen we would be like the jetsons Nikolai tesla said the reason the rich don't want to is because there no control with it becuase it's free with fossil fuels they can control us the masses still really sad those forest were destroyed

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tom hood

coal needs to go away

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Patrick McQuail

Strip mining is such a disrespectful practice, the earth provides for us without destroying it

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Lbolting005

That's mess up yo, fo real fo real

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Lucas Johnson

Ironic that coal mining powered the cameras that filmed this politically biased, anti-coal video.
It would take millions of solar panels and windmills to come close to the power produced by coal.

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ghavri naumi

live a wildlife.

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The Survival Thinker

You lost me at "spiritual"

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Andreas Pille

Not a dutch version?

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haden hakkila

Coal is contributing to climate change

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TL K23

Coal companies do what terrorists dream of doing.

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Nick Bo

By Alister Doyle | OSLO
Institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management called on Group of Seven leaders on Monday to phase out the use of coal in power generation to help limit climate change, despite strong opposition from Washington.
04/06/18

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orange70383

Then go buy all the mountains you want to save and stfu.

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Сергей Межов

What that companies think about is not Nature or ordinary people, it's profit asap!

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Richard Morley

What are we doing to our selfs

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David Trusty

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Hilwa Assegaf

if you think renewable energy is the way out, then think again, watch documentary movie ASIMETRIS (full movie) about how palm oil company destroy the environment in Indonesia

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Alex Hambleton

She’s speaks while driving a car made from steel made by coal

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