What's My Connection to Mountaintop Removal?
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"Mountaintop mining is practically raising the dead, while burying the living." - Larry Gibson, resident of Kayford mountain
In 1986, mountaintop removal operations began near Larry Gibson's home. Over the next 20 years, "the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous - 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Coal companies have flattened more than 12,000 acres of mountain landscape around his home. Where he once looked up at the peaks of Kayford from his family graveyard, he now looks 300 feet straight down at a blasted and devastated landscape. Read more.
You are connected to mountaintop removal. Your electricity provider, South Carolina Public Service Authority (owned by South Carolina Public Service Authority) , uses coal from mountaintop removal mines
The story of Kayford Mountain, West Virginia, is one of many that are connected to the power plants on your grid, which are marked on the map below.
The mountaintop removal mines shown in red are connected to the nearest coal power plant on your grid: Winyah, operated by South Carolina Public Service Authority.
Click on the mine symbols to take a closer look in Google Maps, or click here for a detailed explanation.
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The closest power plant on your grid that is connected to mountaintop removal: Winyah, operated by South Carolina Public Service Authority
Other coal-fired power plants on the South Carolina Public Service Authority grid that are connected to mountaintop removal
Mountaintop removal mines that are connected to your power grid
Click any power plant to see how it is connected to mountaintop removal or any mine symbol to get a close-up view of that mine. The controls on the top left of the map allow you to zoom in closer to the ground or back out to get a broader perspective. Even easier, though, is to navigate with the "hand" tool. Clicking and dragging on the map will move the map in the same direction, double-clicking on a point will center the map on that point and zoom you in a little closer, and double clicking with the right mouse button (ctrl-click for macintosh users) to center on a point and zoom out.
Explain My Connection
WHO PROVIDES MY ELECTRICITY?
The South Carolina Public Service Authority service area is part of a larger interconnected electric grid operated by South Carolina Public Service Au.
There are a total of 5 coal-fired power plants on this grid that are connected to mountaintop removal. Following are details on how each is connected to mountaintop removal.
If South Carolina Public Service Authority (owned by South Carolina Public Service Authority) is not the company that sends your electric bill, please CLICK HERE to select your electric provider from a list.
If your electric provider is not on these lists, please notify us
THERE are 3 plants DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL ON YOUR GRID
Plants on the South Carolina Public Service Authority grid that purchase coal directly from mountaintop removal strip mines in Appalachia include:
THERE are 2 plants INDIRECTLY CONNECTED TO MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL ON YOUR GRID
Plants on the South Carolina Public Service Authority grid that do not use mountaintop removal coal directly, but purchase coal from companies that operate mountaintop removal mines in Central Appalachia include: