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Return to the Black Mesa

Published by MAC on 2007-01-18

Return to the Black Mesa

18th January 2007

It's the biggest coal strip-mine on earth, operated by the world's number one private coal producer, Peabody.

Eight months ago, the company's plans to re-open a generating station and mine led to vehement protests from Dine (Navajo) and Hopi tribal members. At the centre of the debate is the use of one or more underground aquifers [See:]

Last week, the communities met with government to discuss three alternative proposals - one of which was to do precisely nothing, thereby safeguarding rapidly diminishing supplies of water.

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