The lush and vibrant forest on the right is a product of an expertly designed valley fill created almost 30 years ago. (Coal News Publication, January 2011)

“Years ago, people thought that valley fills would not stand the test of time. Today, the subjects are stability, water quality, aquatic life below the fills, and more recently, post-mining land use. In southern West Virginia, there is an educational complex at Welch and the Wood Products Industrial Park in Mingo County and many other post-mining land uses.  The list is endless. …

So when the detractors of mining say that the industry does not know what the long-term impacts are, yes, we do, because …”