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 What’s My Connection to Mountaintop Removal?

Mountaintop removal is a radical form of coal mining where entire mountains are literally blown up — devastating communities throughout Appalachia, polluting drinking water and destroying rivers.

If your home or business is on the electric grid, chances are you are connected to mountaintop removal in the Appalachian Mountains. Find out how – and then find out what you can do about it.

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Learn more about the communities paying the price for your energy – and what you can do to help.

Help Stop Mountaintop Removal! YOU have the power to stop it.

About “What’s My Connection?” Learn more about the local, regional and national organizations that have collaborated to bring you this and other cutting edge tools on iLoveMountains.org. Click here to see the details of the methodology behind “What’s My Connection?”

    

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Information Sources for “What’s My Connection?”

The “What’s My Connection?” feature was built from a variety of data sources that were compiled by Appalachian Voices between September 2007 to present. Connection results are based on all coal purchases by coal-based electricity providers between 2009 and 2010.

Specific sources of data for the “What’s My Connection?” feature are listed below.

  1. Coal purchases by individual coal-fired power plants:

    • Monthly Schedule 2 EIA-923 forms utilities and nonutilities are required to supply to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, obtained from the Energy Information Administration.

  2. Location, ownership, and power control areas of coal-fired power plants:

  3. Location and ownership of coal mines:

  4. Association of zip codes with electric service providers:

  5. Latitude and longitude of zip code centroid locations:

  6. Determination of mine types (i.e., mountaintop removal mines):


Appalachian Voices  •  Coal River Mountain Watch  •   Heartwood  •  Keeper of the MountainsKentuckians for the Commonwealth 

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition  •   Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowermentSierra Club Environmental Justice

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards  •   SouthWings  •  Stay Project  •   West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

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