Knox Professor Studies Effects of Mining on Farmland

f-2015-07-22-stout-farmlandFrom: Midwest Energy News

A feature on the effects of mining quotes Knox professor Rich Stout:

Some of the best farmland in the world can be found on the Illinois prairie… Underneath much of this same land are coal reserves… (When) huge seams of coal are removed, leaving nothing in some places to support the soil above… land (can) subside – or sink…

Richard Stout, a professor and Chair of Economics at Knox College in Illinois, has studied the reclamation of farmland (that has been mined for coal). He explained (that even following reclamation) underground mining causes “subsidence, [which can] render the land un-farmable.”… Read more…