10 Sep '12, 7pm

RIP, Larry Gibson: Longtime mountaintop-removal activist dies on mountain he loved

RIP, Larry Gibson: Longtime mountaintop-removal activist dies on mountain he loved

“When it came time for him to walk through the coalfields [on a 1999 trip to raise awareness about MTR], people who had been walking with him were very understandably reluctant and everybody was trying to talk him into changing his route — he absolutely refused,” [said Dianne Bady of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition]. “He was jeered, he was heckled, but he didn’t give up and he made it, over 500 miles from one end of the state to the other. To me, remembering Larry, that is just so poignant because it speaks to the incredible courage and determination that this man had.” Mountaintop mining expanded over time to surround Gibson’s family home. Bady thought of an incident in the early 2000s when Gibson watched as mining equipment ripped through a family cemetery, his best efforts unable to stop it. His experience led to a push by [Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition] a...

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