Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson has joined the “End Mountain Top Removal” campaign by starring in a video aimed at stopping this controversial and environmentally destructive process. The EPA defines this practice as, â€œMountaintop removal/valley fill is a mining practice where the tops of mountains are removed, exposing the seams of coal. Mountaintop removal can involve removing 500 feet or more of the summit to get at buried seams of coal. The earth from the mountaintop is then dumped in the neighboring valleys.â€
If you ever want to read a book that will infuriate you and put to rest all those feel-good clean coal commercials you’ve seen on TV, take some time to read Lost Mountain by Erik Reece. Much like this website that Woody and Willlie are supporting, it documents the utter destruction of a mountain and its entire environment through mining and blasting. The mountain literally disappears in less than a year–and the surrounding nature and habitat is decimated.
Here is the link to the movie featuring Woody Harrelson. Included is an original rendition of ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ by Willie Nelson. Please also visit ilovemountains.org for more information on why coal is not the resource this country should bet its future on.