Group encourages coal companies to dig deep for coal

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

They are an organization that believes in honoring the mountains.

The group wants to encourage coal companies to dig deep for coal instead of stripping mountain tops.

The group met this weekend for a rally aimed at preserving Black Mountain ... The tallest mountain in the Commonwealth.

Organizers encouraged individuals, as well as coal companies to seek alternative methods to mountain top removal.

“I do believe we could get all the coal that we need by digging and not stripping. It would be better for our economy and for our environment,” Jim Webb said.

Those who attended the event expressed their concerns about the overall impact of mountain top removal on the economy.

They say the lack of responsibility on the coal company’s part is not only negatively impacting the land but also the economy.

“Over twenty year period, the coal industry has cut their jobs by sixty percent and I think you have to look at that… that mountain top removal takes jobs away,” Father Rausch said.

The group wants people to know that they are friends of the mountain as well as the miners.

Others want to encourage people to think of new approaches and new tactics to produce coal for our country.

“We can do things in different ways. Different ways that will include more people in the job market and a greater respect for creation so that our children and the common individual can have enough resources to solve their problems in the future,” Father Rausch said.

The Knott County Sportsplex as well as Stonecrest Golf Course are built on reclaimed mine sites.

The gathering was led by religious officials who put up a seven foot cross which faces Black

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