Question:What are observable signs of improper reclamation practices at or around mining sites?

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by bhamster | March 02, 2022 22:27 | #30091


This National Wildlife Federation article mentions "shoot and shove" at coal mines, a practice where mine operators simply "pushed leftover rock and dirt over the mountainside." What other examples are there that people might be able to observe?



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These days it's easy to hop on the internet and explore aerial maps to see mining violations. Drones can also help.

As far as mining violations to look for...there's a whole slew that can be easily seen from imagery. - illegal fills - improper re-seeding/reclamation based on bare patches of "reclaimed" mine lands - rogue discharges that can be discolored orange, white, or black (if close to coal processing) - runoff from holding ponds

@junior_walk1337 takes drone footage of mine sites in WV, I'm sure he's seen a number of violations.

Thanks @hspencer22 , this list of easy-to-spot violations is helpful!

I've been learning a lot from the posts by @junior_walk1337 and the MMMP team, especially from their series on observable permit violations.


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