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Mountaintop Removal Debate Continues

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

Mountaintop removal is the hot topic across the state, especially here in eastern Kentucky.

This comes after an anti-mountaintop removal rally led by Kentucky native and actress Ashley Judd in Frankfort.

Mckinley Sumner, a Kentuckian for the Commonwealth, went to the march at the state capital Tuesday. He took our Kimberly Burcham for a walk on his Perry County property where he has an up close view of mountaintop removal.

“When I see all this behind me? I think it's just terrible this has happened. I don't think God would want this to be happening,” Sumner said.

Sumner says this form of coal mining is destroying our environment.

“When you do take it away you're never going to get it back,” Sumner said.

Haven King, with the group "Coal Mining Our Future," says you do get it back. He says that the reclaimed sites are home to plenty of plant-life and animals.

“They need to come, anytime they want to come. Call me, and I'll take them and show them what animals are,” King said.

King says he fears, with so many protestors, the future of mountain top removal isn't looking in the coal industry's favor.

“If we don't stand and stand together, mark this down, they will eliminate mountaintop removal,” King said.

That's why king says, supporters may be rallying at our nations capital soon.

Proposed legislation would bar coal companies from filling valleys with the soil and rock from mountaintops.


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