Thursday, December 27, 2007

Coal Converts: When it comes to lining up new energy sources, a number of states see plain old coal as the cleanup hitter

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"Gilberton Valley, in northeastern Pennsylvania, is so larded with mounds of black rock and dark pits of swampy ooze that it sometimes resembles a volcanic moonscape. The only thing that’s ever come bellowing out of the ground here, however, is hard and shiny anthracite coal. During mining’s heyday in the first half of the 20th century, mining companies hauled the purest anthracite out of the valley by the train load, leaving behind the waste coal — small hunks of anthracite mixed with other rock — in messy, acid-leaching piles everywhere...."

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