Open-pit Coal Mining in Inner Mongolia

Photo | 2013-09-06

Open-pit coal mining has severely damaged the Hulunbeier grassland. Since 2009, the Shenhua Group's Baorixile open-pit coal mine has been discharging waste water into the grassland. In only three years the discharge water has created a 20-meter long, 50-meter wide, and 1000-meter deep ditch, with the washed out sand covering the grassland downstream.