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Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal

Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal (Hardback)

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In late 1994, wells in Pie, West Virginia, began to go dry, leaving many residents of the small coal-mining town without potable water. When local housewife Trish Bragg made a few phone calls in an effort to solve this problem, she had no idea that her inquiries would eventually lead to her becoming the named plaintiff in a major lawsuit, a summa cum laude college graduate, and a hero of her community. "Moving Mountains" recounts the struggle of Trish Bragg and other ordinary West Virginians for fair treatment by the coal companies that dominate the local economies of southern West Virginia. The collateral effects of mountaintop removal, deep mining, and other mining practices are felt most profoundly in the communities that supply much of the labor for these mining operations, which results in divided loyalties among families that have made their living from coal mining for generations. Author Penny Loeb spent nine years chronicling the triumphs and setbacks of people in the West Virginia coal-fields - people caught between the economic opportunities provided by coal and the detriments to health and to quality of life that are so often the by-products of the coal industry.

The result of her work is an account of the human and environmental costs of coal extraction, and the inspirational grassroots crusade to mitigate those costs.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesEnergy industries & utilitiesCoal & solid fuel industriesLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsCompany, commercial & competition lawEnergy & natural resources lawNatural World & The EnvironmentThe environmentManagement of land & natural resources Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky Publication Date: 07/09/2007 ISBN-13: 9780813124414  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Penny Loeb, a freelance writer who lives outside of Washington, D.C., is a former senior editor at U.S. News and World Report and a former investigative reporter for Newsday. She has received numerous awards for journalism and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

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