Monday, February 6, 2017

A DIRTY SECRET: COAL MINING


The new US president is planning to make the lives of the big coal mining corporations a lot easier than they were under the previous government but is he right to do so or is he making a mistake? Do your research and get an accurate and detailed picture then write about the effects of coal mining.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         Mining-Strip Mining and Mountaintop Removal https://prezi.com/zepsbtztobbq/mining-strip-mining-and-mountaintop-removal/
·         Longwall mining https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXORrVmxwbM

Background information
·         Choosing a mining method
Reading material to make notes on:
·         The environmental effects of strip mining https://sites.google.com/site/stripmininghandbook/chapter-2-1
·         Citizens against long wall mining http://www.citizensagainstlongwallmining.org/coal-ash-and-slurry-disposal/ Watch the video
·         Residents of Southern Appalachia regard coal slurry farms as looming threats  https://fsrn.org/2014/05/residents-of-southern-appalachia-regard-coal-slurry-dams-as-looming-threats/ 
·         Subsidence from longwall mining http://www.iesc.environment.gov.au/publications/subsidence-longwall-coal-mining
Videos to watch and make notes on
·         Plundering Appalachia - The Tragedy of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoOIB3_7bzU
·         The land of mountaintop removal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5RcbPZXUZo
·         Martin county coal slurry spill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB8WQddz8x0
·         Longwall coal mining horrors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNEQHt1vRds
·         Subsided ground – Fallen futures Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqG_M73Zgv0
Subsided ground – Fallen futures Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q5WjJQj97M

Further Reading:
* Gray Mountain by John Grisham

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