Coal Mine Bonding, Bankruptcy, and Unreclaimed Post Law Mines
Members of The Alliance for Appalachia conducted a listening project between August 2020 – February 2021 around the mounting number of unreclaimed coal mines across our region, and the increasingly clear probability that many of these mines will become abandoned in the coming years as the coal industry continues to collapse, they continue to go bankrupt, and bonding and enforcement mechanisms prove to be grossly insufficient. Interviewees were primarily individuals living and/ or working in Appalachian coalfield communities, with some history of engagement with environmental and public health issues related to coal mining.
The goals of the project were to
1. Educate and learn from interviewees regarding the issue described above
2. Solicit ideas for strategies, tactics, and solutions to the problem of unreclaimed, post-law mines.
You can download the report back below.