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Mountaintop Removal

  • By: Claudia Winograd
  • In: Green Energy: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Energy Policy

Mountaintop removal is the process of mining coal where the top of a mountain, called “overburden,” is blasted away to reveal the underlying coal seams. It began in the 1970s as a response to the oil crises, in an effort to ...

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