written by Catherine Pancake, documentary filmmaker
*check out this recent article in Smithsonian Magazine January 2009
Reasons to Care About Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
"Mountaintop removal" has become a vernacular catchall phrase for a range of aggressive coal surface mining techniques practiced in Central Appalachia including Southwestern VA, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Coal mining is a complex, diverse industry with a wide range of techniques, employees, and approaches. Presently, over 55% of our electricity comes from coal, and it is critical to keeping communities and industries up and running all over the country.