“The Mountain Removal Road Show is doing the Lord's Work” - Jack Spadaro, former Director, Mine Safety and Health Academy, Beckley, West Va.
Mountaintop removal mining has devastated Appalachia and few Americans outside seem to know it is happening.
In West Virginia and Kentucky coal companies blast as much as 600 feet off the top of the Appalachian Mountains, then dump rock and debris into mountain streams. Over 300,000 acres of the most beautiful and productive hardwood forests in America have been turned into barren grasslands.
Mountaintop removal mining impoverishes the Appalachian people as it increases flooding, contaminates drinking water supplies, cracks the foundations of nearby homes, and showers nearby towns with dust.
In West Virginia, student activists are actively confronting the destruction by climbing trees next to the mine site – coal companies are prevented by law from blasting the mountain when people are nearby.
The Mountaintop Removal Road Show features a beautiful and thought-provoking multimedia show. Kentucky environmental activist Dave Cooper will explain what it is like to live near a mountaintop removal mine, and Squirrel Bracken will talk about her 30-day tree sit this summer.
Salem State University
Sullivan Building 104
Monday, November 7 at 11:00 am and
North Shore Labor Council
112 Exchange St., Lynn, MA
Monday, November 7 at 1:00pm