"AP Enterprise: Few Sites Redeveloped After Mining"

"Coal industry supporters say the Knott County Sportsplex in eastern Kentucky is one of many examples of economic opportunity created by strip mining techniques that include the often-vilified method known as mountaintop removal.

But data obtained by The Associated Press indicates that just a small percentage of the leveled Appalachian mountain landscape has been transformed into new developments such as businesses, prisons, golf courses and subdivisions."

Dylan Lovan reports for the Associated Press December 29, 2010.

Source: AP, 12/30/2010