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Re: E-M:/ Love mountains? Hate coal!

Enviro-Mich message from "Alexander J. Sagady" <ajs@sagady.com>

I saw the site about mountaintop removal and the search engine to look for 
Michigan plants that use mountaintop removal coal.

What that site doesn't tell you is how much mountaintop coal comes to 
each power plant as a proportion of total coal use at any given power plant.

As a result, the depiction of the reliance on mountaintop coal for Michigan 
power plants can leave a misleading impression, in my opinion, since a number
of Michigan power plants import large amounts of coal from the powder river 
basin in Wyoming-Montana area.   That mining region doesn't feature 
mountaintop mining, although it has its own unique type of problems.

Detroit Edison uses lake freighters to bring large amounts of western coal 
to several of its coal fired units from a rail terminal at 
Superior, WI.  Some of these units blend western coal with 
southern low sulfur coal.   Last time I looked at this many years ago for the 
DE Monroe Power Plant, for example, they were using 10% southern coal and the rest was
western coal.

At 09:50 AM 11/30/2007, Anna Dorothy Graham wrote:
>Enviro-Mich message from "Anna Dorothy Graham" <grahama9@msu.edu>
>I wonder, too, how many of you have experienced what "mountaintop removal" is actually like?
>You might be familiar with a certain feature from seeing in passing it for years, even hiking on it.  The Appalachian mountains have a wonderful diversity, with windswept plateaus of low-growing oak scrub and even alpine conditions at the peaks, and forests in the folds of the mountains, lower down, of oak, tulip trees, hickories, and underbrush of rhododendron, azaleas, wildflowers, Christmas fern.  There are bogs on some of the plateaus, and the whole thing is very, very beautiful, especially in the spring when dogwood, redbud, and the flowering shrubs are in bloom, or in places where springs make the undergrowth especially lush. 
>Then one day, you drive past again, and that familiar mountaintop is gone.  
>At first, there's just a scar.  Then the "economic redevelopment" begins -- it might be an industrial park spread out over acres of newly seeded grass lawn, or a ski resort, similarly sterile, with all of the natural irregularities of the mountain gone, and all of the native plants replaced with grass and the occasional sapling planted for shade.  The stream beds have been filled in with debris from the blasting, and the animals and birds are gone. 
>A few years ago, when we were passing through West Virginia, we heard the story of a family living in one of the folds of the mountains when blasting occurred.  A boulder had fallen on their baby's bedroom, crushing him as he slept, and they were seeking redress.
>That's what mountaintop removal is like.
>>Eighteen *coal-fired power plants in Michigan* are connected to* mountaintop removal,* a radical form of coal mining in which mountains are literally blown up.  If you want to see the connection between your own power plant and the mountaintop it's removing, go to I Love Mountains.org <http://ilovemountains.org/>and plug in your zip code.  With up to seven--yes, seven--new dirty coal plants proposed for Michigan, our state's giant carbon footprint is  warming our planet and destroying our mountains. You can take action with Michigan lawmakers to help block these new coal plants by going to Stop the Coal Rush <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2155/t/203/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY =21874>.  
>Anna Kirkwood Graham, J.D., Ph.D.
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>-- Goethe 
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