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World Business: Mountaintop Mining -- 06/05/11 | PBS

Duration: 05:40
Program: World Business
Broadcast Date: May. 6, 2011

World Business: West Virginia is the second largest coal producer in the US. It mines around 160m tonnes each year, roughly a third of it by mountaintop mining, a practice that pulls coal from shallow seams on ridges and peaks. Environmentalists say it is destroying the Appalachian mountains, and the health of all those who live in them. The coal industry however, says it's completely safe and here to stay, in an argument that's becoming increasingly bitter. Reporter: Alex de Jong

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Post Date: June 1, 2011