Mountain Top Removal Petition – 12,000 in One Week

Dragline mining in Google EarthJust one week after the release of the new “Global Awareness” layers containing the Appalachian Mountain Top Removal layer, the campaign’s petition grew from 2 registrations to over 12,000. Now that is a testament to the power of Google Earth’s marketability! Especially as it relates to showing environmental damage. Sign the petition here.
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About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Big court victory March 23 in federal court where a judge threw out 5 MTR permits that destroyed streams, buried valley and demolished mountains. This is a HUGE win as it means that the 60 or so pending mountaintop removal mining permits have a very doubtful future. for the full story, go to

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