Date of Award

Spring 1978

Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This report addresses the potential commercial mining of coal in the coastal community of Bristol, Rhode Island, with respect to methodology and community response.The attitude of the local community towards any mining proposal will greatly influence the course of development of the resource. In addition, maximum community participation is mandated by both Federal and State law (NEPA and the Rhode Island Coastal Zone Management Act, respectively) (7, 8). It is to be expected that the character of the response will be mediated to a great degree by the expected impacts of the mining operation. For this reason, the methods of extraction (present and potential), preparation and waste disposal, and their attendant impacts will first be discussed.