Coal Blasting sends Boulder into Kentucky Home

Posted on September 30, 2009 by


Cross post from Sierra Club Compass:

We already know that streams don’t matter to the coal industry. Clean Water? Overrated. Mountains and natural beauty are similarly torn apart, removed, for the sake of black gold, the desecrated landscape someone else’s problem. Most often, it’s the locals who pay the price, folks who usually have little say in the coal industries decisions.

With this lack of concern for the well-being of others, this photo shouldn’t surprise any of us.

From the Lexington Herald-Leader:

State mining officials have fined a blasting contractor $10,000 for an explosion last week that sent a large boulder tumbling downhill and into a Floyd County home.

A boulder measuring about 4 feet wide, 9 feet high and 6 feet deep rolled downhill after a blast Friday afternoon and crashed into a home knocking it off the foundation and damaging its rear. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

Can you blame them? Dumping waste into streambed and valleys is fine. What’s a little rock that hits a home that, thankfully, was empty at the time.

$10,000 is barely two coal-train cars of coal.

Sign our petition and let’s end Mountaintop Removal Mining.

More photos below the fold, courtesy Lauren McGrath.

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