So this morning, I heard something about the president signing a bill killing the “stream protection rule”, which restricted coal companies from dumping mining waste into streams and waterways.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about coal mining. The only coal mine I’ve ever been in is the replica coal mine at the Museum of Science and Industry. The story caught my eye for 2 reasons: My mind immediately registered “dumping mining waste into streams and waterways”, and I recently met a woman who was born and raised in Appalachia. In a conversation, coal mining came up and she mentioned how horrible it was when it was discovered that you could blow the tops off mountains to get to the coal…and the detrimental effects it had not only on the aesthetic beauty of the area, but also on the environment. Here’s an article on the topic from Wired Magazine:
But if you just stop and take a step back, objectively, you have to ask the simple question, “Is that healthy?”
So what is coal?