03/12/2009 09:15 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

VIDEO: Mountaintop Removal

New federal mining rules, a parting gift to the coal industry from the Bush administration, will allow mining companies to blast even more mountain peaks to mine coal, nevermind the destruction of forests and streams. Since the mid-1990's, more than a thousand miles of streams in Appalachia have been buried by mining debris. Coal companies can now dump rock and dirt in the upper valleys where streams begin, thus polluting streams. Mining opponents hope congress and the new president will undo these shockingly environmentally-unfriendly rules.


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