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Appalachian Salmon planning RAS using defunct West Virginia coal mine


In the mountains of the U.S. state of West Virginia, defunct coal mines dot the landscape near towns that have suffered from country's shift to new energy sources.

For decades, miners extracted millions of tons of coal from the region, leaving behind underground voids that still exist to this day. Over time, those defunct mines have filled with billions of gallons of water – creating a new resource that Appalachian Salmon Founder and CEO Austin Caperton told SeafoodSource is waiting to be tapped into.

“We have one of the most-valuable resources in the world, which is billions of gallons of pure fresh cold water stored as groundwater,” he said.

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