About 6.8 percent of the shaded area — about 816,000 acres of central Appalachia — has been affected by "mountaintop" mining, or will be affected by 2012. At this type of mine, peaks are sheared off to reach the coal seams underneath.
SOURCE: Environmental Protection Agency | By N.V. Kelso - The Washington Post - April 19, 2008
Stripping Mountains to Power D.C. Article | MUD, W.Va. -- This is a place where "moving mountains" is no longer a figure of speech. Here, among the steep green Appalachians, mining companies are moving mountains off their pedestals to get the kind of coal that Washington needs.