Mission Statement

The purpose of ARIES is to engage in detailed studies of the environmental impacts of the mining, gas, and energy sectors in Appalachia, focusing on both upstream (mining, drilling, and processing) and downstream (water, land, and air) issues. To meet that purpose, ARIES will conduct scientific inquiry and research, foster publication and contribute to the relevant literature, and engage in outreach efforts to share and disseminate results. Initially, work carried out by ARIES will focus on the coal mining industry.

The members of ARIES have undertaken a carefully-structured array of interrelated studies, currently divided into four empahasis areas:

  • Stream Protection and Restoration

  • Materials characterization and handling

  • Water impacts of UG coal mining

  • Community and health impacts