Youth Occupy Trees, Blasting Halted on Coal River Mountain
Over the past two years I’ve been following the struggle against Mountain Top Removal – through blog and news articles, through the release of documentaries like Coal Country, and through updates from friends of mine involved in fighting the destruction wrought by mountaintop removal in Appalachia. As my personal connection to mountaintop removal and the movement fighting it has increased, top-notch media coverage has been increasing as well. I’ve been spending time in Central Appalachia for the past couple of weeks, and in that time Dr. Margaret Palmer’s “Mountaintop Mining Consequences” was published in Science Magazine’s January issue and Stephen Colbert brought her on his show to talk about the detrimental effects MTR has on environments and communities. All of this attention comes at the brink of this evening’s debate between Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Energy, and Bobby Kennedy Jr, chief litigator for the Waterkeeper’s Alliance. Read more.