I know that the mine looks pretty ugly but as I said before we couldn't see it well enough the night before to even find it. As the coal is removed, the land will be reclaimed and re-vegetated. It will be safe to build on in the future or just leave it as a wildlife nature area. In 50 years, no one will be able to guess that this big hole was once here. I know because I have seen it happen before. I spent many summers in Minnesota where my mother's family was located. I watched the open pit mining for iron ore there as I grew up. Those old pits were never filled in as they do in other mines. They are now excellent fishing lakes that would never be recognized as former iron mines and they are surrounded by dense forests and wildlife.....they are beautiful. Here is a photo of what Minnesota Mine Country looks like today. By the way, the fishing is great.
This is a link to an article about what the local communities have done with the former mine pit areas.
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