With the popularity of hemp today, other industries are seeing this as a threat. For people who don’t know, hemp is known as a resilient plant. It has the ability to phytoremediation, which is known as a process of plant leaches pollutants from its soil. This will the accumulate them ands eventually metabolize them.
Phyroremediation can perfectly on contaminated sites with arsenic, uranium, and heavy metals. This can help clean up the West Virginia fields, which unfortunately have contaminated by gas and coal extraction.
In this article by Daniel Matthews, he talks about how hemp can affect the energy industry:
The state is taking advantage of the Federal Farm Bill, which Obama signed in 2014. The bill allows states to cultivate hemp for research and pilot programs. 23 other states have already begun growing hemp in the last two years.
“There are a lot of contaminated brownfields throughout West Virginia that people find too expensive to cleanup,” said Agri Carb’s CEO, Don Smith II. “We can be a complement to the state’s coal and gas industries by using a hemp cash crop to revitalize spoiled lands. This research should interest every post-industrial community in West Virginia to invest (with grants) and monetize what is now considered worthless.”
The idea here is not just to clean up the fields with hemp, but to use the plants for products that will bring in cash. Hemp has a wide variety of uses, including textiles, fuel, paper, food, plastics, and construction materials. See full post here..