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Environmental Assessment of Surface Shortwall Mining.

Authors
Hilton-EW; Frakes-M
Source
NTIS: PB/81-128928 :255 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10002060
Abstract
The purpose of this investigation was to assess the environmental impact of the surface mining methods currently used in the steep- sloped areas of central appalachia--southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, and northeastern Tennessee. Comparisons are made between mountaintop-cross ridge mining, contour strip, augering and an innovative method--surface shortwall mining that was attempted at Julian, WV. Included in the report are a discussion and analysis of current Appalachian production, reserves, and the extent of land affected on a county-by-county basis. Additionally, the seams within the steep-sloped region were assessed according to minimal standards of thickness, surrounding lithology, and areal extent to determine their amenability to surface shortwall mining. Only minimal statements are made concerning quantity because of the narrow set of conditions required by the shortwall method.
Publication Date
19790101
Document Type
CP; Final Contract Report;
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-128928
NTIS Price
A13
Identifying No.
OFR 126-80
NIOSH Division
TCRC;
Source Name
NTIS: PB/81-128928
State
KY; TN; VA; WV;
Performing Organization
Skelly and Loy
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