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Hundreds of activists, including myself, and community leaders retraced the steps of the original coal miners earlier this month to stop the exploitation of Appalachian communities and mountains and save Blair Mountain. As consumers of coal, we have a moral obligation to demand a moratorium on mountain top removal.
In our backyard, we may find similar pollution and health risks stemming from irresponsible and profit-hungry extractive industries. Parts of Western Maryland rest along the Marcellus Shale, an area stretching up the eastern seaboard abundant with natural gas, and may be exploited through hydraulic fracturing, a process which pollutes water and air to the point that one can light their tap water on fire. It is common struggle from West Virginia to Maryland to demand that business respect our environments and communities. Now is the time to take a stand against extractive industries.