Thank you for expressing your side of things. My family is from Mingo and Wayne Counties, and I have nothing against coal miners or responsible mining. However, I am a mountain person and am unconvinced that the flattening of their tops is a justified practice. There is no doubt that vegetation will regrow (this phenomenon will occur even without human aid); it is the mountains themselves that cannot regenerate. It’s like cutting off ones head versus shaving ones beard.
One of the most obvious and main concerns of people against MTR is the beautiful view of the great Appalachian Mountains. There is no restoring the peaks. Reclaimed mountains look unnatural and altered on the general scale, not on the close up, limited view. Our mountains should have points, not plateaus.
On another note, people do need power and jobs. Would there not be more jobs if the coal companies used methods of mining requiring more manpower but which left the landscape and vegetation intact? Also, perhaps the effects of mining on other people’s jobs should be considered. For example, there are a lot of people employed in and state revenue generated by the tourism industry. This industry greatly relies upon the beauty and ruggedness of the Appalachian wilderness. The miner’s paychecks are not the only ones that matter.
Perhaps it is time for the miners and the community to stand up to the coal companies and demand that the land they call home be respected and left intact. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Remember the old adage, “all things in moderation”?
There are lots of facts in this whole issue, one of them being that MTR is permanently altering your and my mountains on a very large scale. I expect that you will probably respond to my comment as you have others– with sarcasm, cynicism, and words written in all caps. However, I do not mean to personally offend you. This is just how I see it. I want my children and grandchildren to see the mountains as close to the way God created them as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read my view of things.