Mining and fracking
Colton Bradshaw and Jack Wilkes
Surface vs. Subsurface
Strip mining is digging deep rows of trenches parallel to one another.
The result is the dirt and rock removed just sits in piles making the land unusable.
The impact on the environment is an open pit that can be dangerous and not useful.
Mountain top removal
This process results in leftover dirt and rocks which the mining companies dump into nearby valleys destroying the environment below.
The leftover shafts can collapse.
A hazard if anyone goes in an abandon one.
Humans or animals could fall in the hole of an abandon one if not covered properly.
Effects- Methane gas and toxic chemicals leak out of the system and contaminate nearby groundwater. People still drink the water and it causes damage to people's health. Harmful VOCs are also released into the air which causes ozone, acid rain, and contaminated air