There used to be a spring at the foot of Blair Mountain. The local people used it for years before I was born and continued to use it until about 2 years ago. It was the only source of clean water for many of the people in the area. The spring is gone now because of mountaintop mining. People's water wells have been ruptured by the blasting and city water can't be run to the area because the blasting from the mine would destroy the lines.
None of this would have happenned with traditional mining techniques. That is why people are against mountaintop mining. Traditional mining also creates more jobs than mountaintop removal.
This march is being conducted to save a historic landmark. No one has a problem with mining the coal out of the mountain. They just want the mountain to be left when the mine is gone.