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Web Sites: Mountaintop Removal Mining: General

NOW with Bill Moyers: The Cost of Coal
PBS companion site includes a “Facts and Folklore” section, an overview of mining methods, resources and a show transcript, which discusses mountaintop removal mining.

U.S. Office of Surface Mining
Office of the Department of the Interior charged with protecting “citizens and the environment during mining and reclamation” has a section of state-to-state environmental updates on the status of pending mining permit applications and a mountaintop removal mining report

The EPA: Mid-Atlantic Mountaintop Mining
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement on mountaintop mining which will appear on this site. Currently the site has documents, work plans, progress reports and bulletins on the issue. Visitors may sign up for email alerts of future findings.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Features citizen information, news briefs, calendar of events and mining maps

Web Sites: Mountaintop Removal Mining: Opposition

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
This site for a grassroots organization working to stop mountaintop removal mining contains articles, fact sheets, maps, news and tips on how to get involved.

Citizens Coal Council
This federation of 48 citizens' groups features info on current campaigns, news articles, fact sheets on mountaintop removal mining and a slide show demonstrating coal’s negative effects on the environment.

Environmental Media Services
This environmental group’s site contains a backgrounder on mountaintop removal, links to articles and other organizations and email updates on breaking stories. Also has a library archive on diverse environmental issues.

West Virginia Rivers Coalition
Focused on the impact of mining on the state’s rivers and lakes, sections of the site include the Permit Analysis Program (PAP) promoting public participation in the permitting process, as well as news, action alerts and links.

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
Working in “vigorous opposition” to mountaintop removal mining, the state’s oldest environmental advocacy group’s site has environmental updates, speaker’s bureau info, a discussion board and a monthly newsletter archive.

Coalfield Communities of Southern West Virginia
Narratives about communities affected by coal mining, including Pigeon Roost, the area featured in the film.

Earth Justice Mountaintop Removal page
This public interest law firm endorses legislation to stop the Bush Administration's revision of the Clean Water Act in the interest of mountaintop removal practices, calling it "both wrong and illegal."

Web Sites: Mountaintop Removal Mining: Support

Arch Coal, Inc.
Site for the nation’s second-largest coal producer features “fast facts” about coal, environmental info including a “how we mine” section, and a community area focusing on education and outreach.

United Mine Workers of America
Site contains press releases, a legislative action section, archive of their bi-monthly journal and a miner alert fact sheet.

West Virginia Coal Association
WVCA is a trade association representing more than 90 percent of the state's underground and surface coal mine production. Site features legislature information, updates on current issues and resources including a “coal facts” book.


Eller, Ronald. "Harry Caudill and the Burden of Mountain Liberalism,"
Critical Essays in Appalachian Life and Culture, 1983.

Frazier, Ian. "Coal Country," OnEarth magazine, Spring 2003.

Purdy, Jebediah. “The Tragedy of King Coal,” TomPaine.com

Vollers, Maryanne. “Razing Appalachia,”; Mother Jones, July/August 1999.

Ward, Ken. Mining the Mountains series, Charleston Gazette Online

Williams, Ted. “Mountain Madness,” Audubon Magazine, May/June 2001.


Caudill, Harry. Night Comes to the Cumberlands: A Biography of a Depressed Area. Ashland, KY: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2001.

Giardina, Denise. Storming Heaven (a novel based on the Battle of Blair Mountain). New York: Ivy Books, 1994.

Offut, Chris. Kentucky Straight. New York: Vintage, 1992.

---. Out of the Woods: Stories. New York: Scribner, 2000.

West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey. A Geological Overview of Mountaintop Mining in West Virginia.


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