MTR-like surface mining increases in Western Maryland

Mining site in MarylandWe all know that Maryland gets almost 60% of its electricity from coal, but what many people don’t know is that lots of that coal is being extracted from western Maryland and that in the past decade the amount of environmentally destructive surface (or strip) mining has increased significantly.

We talk a lot about “Maryland’s energy choice” between dirty fossil fuels and clean renewable energy, especially offshore wind, but when you actually see these mines