Mountain Top Removal
“Good afternoon, Mr. Fletcher. I was wondering if you might have a moment so I could speak with you about mountain top removal mining, and if you’d be interested in signing my petition to stop it?”
Miles regretted opening his door at that point, but he let Ben give his spiel about how mountain top removal was worse than a threat, how it was going to destroy their town and how it was UNCONSCIONABLE that any mining company would wipe out a small town for profit and EVEN MORE UNCONSCIONABLE that the government would allow it to happen.
After finishing his pitch and holding out his clipboard and pen, Miles had one question for him.
“So, Ben: You do realize that mountain top removal mining is literally about removing tops of mountains to mine the material within–which is objectionable on at least some levels, I’m with you there–but it’s NOT about getting rid of our town…right?”
“Oh. Uh, yeah…yeah. So, um, I’m actually going to come back another time, Mr. Fletcher? Because I realized I, uh, need to make some revisions? To the petition? So, um…”
Ben walked away, head down, unsigned petition in hand. And that was the last time Miles–or anyone else in Mountain Top, PA–heard from Ben or his petition.
Word on the street was he had moved to Tuna Net Dolphin, NH to protest the town’s fishing practices.