environmental effects of coal mining

issued an environmental impact statement looking at the impacts of surface coal mining and valley fills. This was done as part of a settlement agreement in the court case known as Bragg v. Robertson, Civ. No. 2:98-0636 (S.D. W.V.). The purpose was to evaluate options for improving agency programs ...

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Jun 25, 2019· Coal has long been a reliable source of American energy, but it comes with tremendous costs because it is incredibly dirty. The same chemistry that enables coal to produce energy—the breaking down of carbon molecules—also produces a number of profoundly harmful environmental impacts and pollutants that harm public health.

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In this way, coal mining has multi-dimensional impacts on the environment both directly or indirectly. Th e pr esent wor k is an attempt to bring into focus the impact of coal minin g on the

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Mar 09, 2017· Mining is an inherently destructive industry, and the mining effects of even a single operation can have a severe impact on the environment and the wildlife that lives nearby.

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Apr 25, 2017· Water pollution, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and pollution, and formation of sink holes are among the worst effects of the mining industry on the environment. Mines are known to cause severe environmental problems. Mining is the extraction of minerals and other geological materials of ...

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Apr 25, 2017· The environmental impact of the operation of the coal industry is gigantic if not executed according to environmental standards. Coal mining, the process of extracting coal from the ground, is a common economic activity around the world. Coal is removed in a number of ways including: contour mining ...

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In best practice, studies of the immediate environment are carried out several years before a coal mine opens in order to define the existing conditions and to identify potential problems. The studies look at the impact of mining on surface and ground water, soils, local …

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COAL MINING AND THE ENVIRONMENT Philip J Lloyd1 Energy Research Institute, University of Cape Town Abstract The environmental impacts of coal mining in South Africa are reviewed. The primary impacts arise from mining, particularly underground mining, largely because South African coal mines are relatively shallow.

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Additional Environmental Impacts. Coal mining operations radically alter local ecosystems and wildlife habitats, by introducing roads, clearing trees and removing large sections of land.

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Apr 29, 2014· Mining impacts the environment in unnatural ways, which not only disrupts its natural decaying process, but also does more damage long-term than natural erosion processes. With exorbitant numbers of materials excavated and used daily, it is important to see that this destruction is actually going towards productive use.

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May 21, 2019· Oil and gas mining, coal mining, and metal ore mining are some of the types of mining that have received scrutiny over the years. Despite the jobs, economic boost, and resources they provide, the negative effects they can have on the environment (land, water and air), wildlife/animals and humans (health, and invasion of rights – in developed and developing countries) can be significant in ...

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The impact of coal mining on the environment and community quality of life: a case study investigation of the impacts and conflicts associated with coal mining in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. University of Cape Town.

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Environmental impacts of mining can occur at local, regional, and global scales through direct and indirect mining practices. Impacts can result in erosion, sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, or the contamination of soil, groundwater, and surface water by the chemicals emitted from mining processes.

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The extraction of coal and coal seam gas (CSG) will generate produced water that, if not adequately treated, will pollute surface and groundwater systems. In Australia, the discharge of produced water from coal mining and related activities is regulated by the state environment …

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Dec 03, 2016· Different types of mining have various impacts on land. For example, strip mining results in the clearing of trees, plants and topsoil [2]. One effect of this type of mining on the environment is the pervasive problem of soil erosion, which in turn leads to the pollution of waterways.. Another destructive type of mining is underground coal mining.

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Coal mining has several negative effects on the health of the body that often times go unrecognized or just simply ignored. Many people have died from mining for various reasons such as the collapse of the mines as well as respiratory diseases caused by mining. Governments across the globe continue ...

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Jul 01, 2016· About 40 percent of the world's coal mines are the more damaging strip mines (also called open cast, open pit, mountaintop or surface mining). Strip mining impacts. Strip mining is highly destructive. Yet the industry often prefers to strip mine because it takes less labour and yields more coal than underground mining.

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Jul 31, 2018· Environmental impact of coal mining and coal seam gas production on surface water quality in the Sydney basin, Australia. Environmental Monitoring Assessment, 189 (408), pp. 1–16. Baillie, Mike 2015. Poisoned people. A Greenpeace Africa publication.

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Aug 22, 2018· Effects of Mining. Coal mining, the first step in the dirty lifecycle of coal, causes deforestation and releases toxic amounts of minerals and heavy metals into the soil and water. The effects of mining coal persists for years after coal is removed.

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Jun 20, 2017· In Appalachia, coal companies blow the tops off of mountains to get at the coal. The damage this does to the surrounding environment and water supply is deva...

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Environmental impacts from fossil fuel pollution are rapidly increasing in regions that have the highest concentrations of fuels. There are multiple effects of mining fossil fuels. Drilling and mining practices take a substantial toll on local water sources, biologic life and natural resources.

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Mining and burning coal for fuel is harmful to the environment; but, because coal is so abundant and cheap, many people are reluctant to give it up as a fuel source. Coal starts as peat, or sections of partially decomposed organic matter that accumulate on …

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Coal mining affects the environment in several ways: underground coal mining introduces toxins such as methane gas into waterways and the atmosphere, and surface coal mining contributes to deforestation and erosion. Coal mining displaces large amounts of water, which in …

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This case study focuses on the costs of the environmental and social effects of coal mining in South Africa, undertaken for export to the Netherlands. Coal mining imposes many external costs on its surroundings and the people who live in it. Some of these can be quantified by estimates, others are difficult to estimate. Coal mining is

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Jul 28, 2008· Air pollution from coal-fired power plants is linked with asthma, cancer, heart and lung ailments, neurological problems, acid rain, global warming, and other severe environmental and public health impacts. Coal has long been a reliable source of American energy, but it …

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Jun 06, 2018· Coal mining in the Hunter Valley has affected groundwater in about a quarter of the region, and the 22 planned new coal mines or expansions of existing ones will expand the impact …

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Apr 26, 2018· Coal mining and mountain top removal is something that has directly impacted many parts of the environment. Rocky Hackworth manages a 1,600 acre mine that is located south of Charleston West ia.

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The effects of mining coal on the environment. There are 2 ways to mine coal – Strip Mining and Underground Mining – both ways have their own impact to the environment and health. We know it but coal is such a cheap energy source that we don't want to let go of it. The negative effects of coal mining cannot be disputed:

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The environmental impacts of coal mining in South Africa are reviewed. The primary impacts arise from mining, particularly underground mining, largely because South African coal mines are ...

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Additional Environmental Problems with Mining: In addition to the issues addressed above, there are many other environmental issues associated with mining: Carbon output. Mining, like most heavy industries, is dependent on fossil fuels, which generate the energy needed to operate a mine.

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