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by Regina Hendrix | 2008

Photo-journalism of the development options available in wild and wonderful West Virginia

Tributary of the New River, WV    Illegal Mountaintop Removal operation
The photo to the left is of a tributary to the New River. The photo above is of mountain top removal that was begun without a permit. Both photos are by Mark Schmerling.

I am saddened to learn that Powellton Coal Company has a permit to do mountaintop removal in an area that will be visible from the Ansted area and the New River Gorge. This is an area I have visited often and loved since I was a child. Can someone tell me why—after all the dollars of taxpayer money we’ve invested in tourism—why, oh why are we destroying the places we and the tourists love?

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