Which is what Big Coal does. Kills mountains and towns and poisons the rivers and the skies.
Dan Barry of The New York Times tells the story of Lindytown West Virginia:
But the coal that helped to create Lindytown also destroyed it. Here was the church; here was its steeple; now it’s all gone, along with its people. Gone, too, are the surrounding mountaintops. To mine the soft rock that we burn to help power our light bulbs, our laptops, our way of life, heavy equipment has stripped away the trees, the soil, the rock — what coal companies call the “overburden.”
Now, the faint, mechanical beeps and grinds from above are all that disturb the Lindytown quiet, save for the occasional, seam-splintering blast.
Wouldn’t you know it, Massy Energy’s been at work.