Surface mining allows cattle to graze on land previously unusable say proponents

Surface mining allows cattle to graze on land previously unusable say proponents

Debra McCown

Danny Cantrell’s cattle graze on a green pasture above his Wise County home, with a panoramic view of tree-covered mountains.

Until a few years ago, the 60 acres of steep land was worthless, even for timber, he said. Then surface mining opened it up, flattening the land and giving his cattle room to graze.

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