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THE EVERYDAY HUNTER: Can Coal Mining Be Good for Habitat?

May 25, 2013

What words come to mind when you think of coal mining? Probably not “good wildlife habitat” – not unless you’ve seen what I’ve see....

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May-25-13 1:38 PM

Said the DEP guy about the pit filled with sludge and brine water--"Cattails are growing in there and the deer are using it; what's wrong with that?!" Give us a break. Don't forget the acid mine drainage. remediation going on for years. Check out the orange streams. Read up on Dunkard Run killed by mine drainage. Just another apologist for the pigs.

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May-25-13 7:38 AM

Great thinking here, resource extraction that benefits the environment. Wetlands are not only great wildlife habitat but also great for water filtration and flood dampening.

I've seen similar actions on state forest in north-central PA, where it's incredibly densely wooded. Areas where pipelines or oil/gas extraction equipment exist are covered with vegetation to benefit the wildlife. You also see this in the wild elk region, an area that was heavily mined and now great elk habitat.

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