Mountaintop removal makes up most of West Virginia’s surface production
Coal production from the use of mountaintop removal (MTR) has declined by 62% since 2008, according to information from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Total U.S. coal production was down just 15% from 2008 to 2014, while coal mined through surface production methods, which includes MTR, was down 21% in the same time period.

Total U.S. coal production includes both surface and underground mining activity. Surface mining includes contour strip, area, ope...

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