Recently, Michael Iafrate wrote an interesting and important post about the environmental concerns which face the Appalachian people. Among the issues he raised was the way mountains were being blown up as a quick method for coal mining, the ease of restrictions being put in place to allow even more of this kind of mining, and the consequences this would have.
In Canada similar concerns are being raised upon the whole of their mining industry. The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) last fall begun a campaign to call the Canadian mining industry to task. While the companies come out of Canada, they have an international influence and have mining operations in many developing nations. Evil might try to hide (out of sight, out of mind), but the light of truth will always reveal its presence in the end.Many people are calling this evil out . It’s not just the CCODP making complaints. Bishops in the affected countries have also been issuing statements confirming the devastation their people face. Something needs to be done to protect human lives and human dignity.
I would be interested in knowing if the United States mining industry is significantly better or is in need of similar reform.