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Mountaintop removal coal mine in southern WV encroaching on a small community.

Mountaintop removal coal mine in southern WV encroaching on a small community.
Photo by Vivian Stockman


A massive dragline, dwarfed by the huge scale of the operation, at work on a mountaintop removal operation near Kayford Mountain, W.Va

A massive dragline, dwarfed by the huge scale of the operation, at work
on a mountaintop removal operation near Kayford Mountain, W.Va
Photo by Vivian Stockman, Oct. 19, 2003


Unable to bear the house-shaking noise and dust from blasting and the psychological toll from the destruction of their beloved forests and streams, the husband and wife who own this Lincoln County, W.Va. home have very reluctantly sold their property to Arch Coal, operator of the Hobet 21 mountaintop removal coal mine. The husband used to teach school for a small community up a miles-long valley that was nearby. The people were driven out of their community as the surface mine approached. That valley is now buried under hundreds of millions of tons of former mountain top.

Unable to bear the house-shaking noise and dust from blasting and the psychological toll from the destruction of their beloved forests and streams, the husband and wife who own this Lincoln County, W.Va. home have very reluctantly sold their property to Arch Coal, operator of the Hobet 21 mountaintop removal coal mine. The husband used to teach school for a small community up a miles-long valley that was nearby. The people were driven out of their community as the surface mine approached. That valley is now buried under hundreds of millions of tons of former mountain top.
Photo by Vivian Stockman, Oct. 19, 2003


Trees are felled in preparation for blasting and draglines at an expanding mountaintop removal site in Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Trees are felled in preparation for blasting and draglines at an expanding mountaintop removal site in Lincoln County, West Virginia.  
Photo by Vivian Stockman, Oct 19, 2003.


Marfork Coal's (a Massey Energy subsidiary) Brushy Fork coal slurry impoundment, which, at its final stage, will hold 8 billions of gallon of coal waste sludge. The impoundment partially lies over old underground mines and is directly upstream from the town of Whitesville, WV.

Marfork Coal's (a Massey Energy subsidiary) Brushy Fork coal slurry impoundment, which, at its final stage, will hold 8 billion gallons of coal waste sludge. The impoundment partially lies over old underground mines and is directly upstream from the town of Whitesville, WV.
Photo by Vivian Stockman, May 30, 2003


Marfork Coal Co.'s (Massey Energy) massive Brushy Fork impoundment near Whitesville, WV, is designed to hold 5 BILLION gallons of sludge.

Marfork Coal Co.'s (Massey Energy) massive Brushy Fork impoundment near Whitesville, WV, is designed to hold 5 BILLION gallons of sludge.
Photo by Vivian Stockman, Oct 19, 2003.


Mountaintop removal/valley fill coal mining in southern West Virginia in May 2003

Mountaintop removal/valley fill coal mining in southern West Virginia in May 2003
Photo by Vivian Stockman, May 30, 2003


The towering dragline, center, is dwarfed by the size of the mountaintop removal operation.

The towering dragline, center, is dwarfed by the size of the mountaintop removal operation.
Photo by Vivian Stockman, May 30, 2003


Mountaintop removal/valley fill coal mining in southern West Virginia in May 2003

Mountaintop removal/valley fill coal mining in southern West Virginia in May 2003
Photo by Vivian Stockman, May 30, 2003


Mountaintop removal/valley fill coal mining in southern West Virginia in May 2003

Mountaintop removal/valley fill coal mining in southern West Virginia in May 2003
Photo by Vivian Stockman, May 30, 2003


Independence Coal (a Massey Energy subsidiary) operates the Upper Big Branch surface mine (permit # S-3019-99), where this massive valley fill looms over the devastated landscape The valley fill is locally known as the Birchton Curve Valley Fill. 

Independence Coal (a Massey Energy subsidiary) operates the Upper Big Branch surface mine (permit # S-3019-99), where this massive valley fill looms over the devastated landscape The valley fill is locally known as the Birchton Curve Valley Fill. 
Photo by Vivian Stockman, May 30, 2003. 


Another view of the Birchton Curve Valley Fill. 

Another view of the Birchton Curve Valley Fill. 
Photo by Vivian Stockman, May 30, 2003. 


Yet another view of the Birchton Curve Valley Fill. 

Yet another view of the Birchton Curve Valley Fill. 
Photo by Vivian Stockman, Oct 19, 2003. 


Mountaintop removal, up close and personal in Southern West Virginia.

Mountaintop removal, up close and personal in Southern West Virginia.
Photo by Vivian Stockman, April 23, 2005


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