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Laurel Creek residents have vowed to stop the new Consol mine.

It’s hard to say which problem has caused the most concern among the residents of Laurel Creek, like Johnnie Bailey and Esau Canterbury. Was it the rocks – some more than three-feet high -that sailed off the mine site, the dozens of dead fish in the stream, the silt runoff that filled in one end of Laurel Lake, the half-mile wide coal sludge lake looming over the valley, the well water that turned orange, the loss of access to the mountain land, or the mere sight of their mountains being chopped off?

Marrowbone Development/Triad Mining Company has been mining the mountains along the west side of Laurel Creek for nearly a decade. Much of the mountaintop portion of those mines finished a couple of years ago. But deep mining continues.

However, mountaintop mining is far from gone in Laurel Creek. Marrowbone is starting another mine about three miles north of Laurel Lake. And Consol Coal has applied for a permit to mine the mountains on the east side. Laurel Creek residents protested and halted another mine’s plans for those mountains a few years ago. Some have vowed to stop the new Consol mine.

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  1. Paula Bienenfeld Says:

    This is a great website and I have passed it on via email to many of my friends and neighbors. I found out about it by reading the article on Thursday in the WSJ.

  2. Nick Engelfried Says:

    Good site! I’m going to make use of this information.

  3. deb cinamon whalen Says:

    I am spreading the word about MTR in New Hampshire.

  4. tina davis Says:

    what can one say after learning that the power i use comes from destroying where i call home. i am speading the word to all my friends here, and will definantly be learning and doing what i can do here.
    many prayers and blessings,
    tina davis
    alexandria, la

  5. Kathy Johnston Says:

    Please earnestly support S696, HR1310, & 2169.

    Encourage President Obama to undue the damage that the Bush administration has caused.

    Reclaim YOUR American heritage.
    Reclaim YOUR mountains.

    Join Me —
    Kathy A. Johnston,
    Tulsa, OK

    Thank You.

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