Coal mining affects the environment in several ways underground coal mining introduces toxins such as methane gas into waterways and the atmosphere and surface coal mining contributes to deforestation and erosion. Coal mining displaces large amounts of water which in turn alters local water
In August 2013 the National Trust Board adopted a Policy on the Impacts of Coal Mining. This Policy Statement responded to a 2013 amendment to the Mining State Environmental Planning Policy which gave preference and undue weight to economic factors over environmental protection and social development.
The Appalachian region is home to one of the oldest and most biologically diverse mountain systems on the continent. Tragically mountaintop removal mining has already destroyed more than 500 mountains encompassing more than 1 million acres of Central and SouthernRead more ›