Posted by: NCC Poverty Initiative Director | January 23, 2012

Tell Congress Only God Should Move Mountains.

Two recent studies have revealed the following shocking facts about mountaintop removal coal mining:

  • Mountaintop removal sites, even those that have been closed for decades, continue to harm water quality, poisoning aquatic life and damaging the health of all those who live downstream.1
  • Infants have as much as a 42% higher risk of birth defects in mountaintop removal communities. 2

Last year we saw legislators in Washington continue to threaten the few regulations which protect God’s rivers and streams from the destructive effects of this kind of mining. We know that these attacks will only increase in the coming year. For those of us who care about God’s Creation and our neighbors in Appalachia, now is the time to speak up.

Mountaintop removal destroys and pollutes the homes of our neighbors in Appalachia. Mountaintop removal is what it sounds like; in order to reach coal seams, companies blast the tops off of mountains, then often place the resulting rubble in neighboring valleys and streams. Mountaintop removal sites pollute watersheds for years after the coal has been removed. All the creatures and people who live downstream suffer.

We know that many of you have long opposed mountaintop removal coal mining because of the irreversible destruction it does to God’s mountains and people. Our faithful voices will only become more important in the coming year. Please join us in continuing to raise our voices against mountaintop removal by signing the NCC’s petition today.

1“Cumulative impacts of mountaintop mining on an Appalachian Watershed”

2 “The association between mountaintop mining and birth defects among live births in central Appalachia, 1996–2003”


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