Satellite photos recently released by NASA illustrate the real impacts of mountaintop removal (MTR) mining in Appalachia.
They were taken between 1984 and 2009 at the Hobet mine site in Boone County, West Virginia.
You can see through the time lapse the scale of the deforestation that has taken place, followed by the leveling of the mountain tops and filling of the valleys.
This is the same Hobet mine that was recently awarded a permit to expand by the EPA.
We urge EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to examine this practice firsthand, and take a citizen-led flyover of Appalachia before she considers issuing any further MTR mining permits.