21 Oct '11, 9pm

Mountaintop Removal: A View From Up Above - unEARTHED, from Earthjustice (blog)

Mountaintop Removal: A View From Up Above - unEARTHED, from Earthjustice (blog)

Families had been living in these mountains for generations before coal companies figured out a way to blow up the mountain to cheaply extract the coal. The Caudill-Miller family has owned this farm for a hundred years, but not it is engulfed by Arch Coal's destruction. As Arch Coal's machines were encroaching upon the property and the farmhouse, built in 1920, the coal company attempted to buy the property from the family, but the Caudill-Millers would not sell. In an attempt to force them out of its way, the company sued the family, claiming that their mountaintop removal mining was the best use of the land. A court ruled in favor of Arch Coal, but the Caudill-Millers kept fighting and won the appeal, which allowed them to hold onto their family's land. But they still could not stop the devastation on all sides of them.

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-october/mountaintop-rem...

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