Mountaintop removal leads to sinkholes in Tazewell County

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After a Mountaintop Removal in Tazewell County, a massive sinkhole has developed. About a half mile from the Tazewell County Airport, the sinkhole occurred due to 67 feet of mountaintop removal for safer air travel.

The Airport manager says that this sinkhole developed about 6 months after they put a drainage ditch on the mountain.

"All of a sudden, this hole developed and it was to the point where it was about 80 feet long and 20 feet deep," he said.

He also says that as far as airport safety, this sinkhole is not affecting them, but the hole is expanding.

The only thing the sinkhole is getting in the way of is a plan of a recreational area on top of the mountain. 


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