Documentary Shows Devastating Effects of Coal Mining

This week a new documentary that reveals the shocking effects of mountaintop-removal coal mining, a process that blasts off the tops of mountains to expose the coal within, is debuting on your TV screen and at house parties across the nation.

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The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains is threatened by coal mining. Photo Courtesy Sierra Club. 

Coal Country, produced by Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller,reveals the hazards of mountaintop-removal mining pm the environment—including forest destruction and water pollution. The film follows Appalachia residents, miners and the activists protesting the practices of Appalachian coal companies.

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In West Virginia, an increase in mountaintop removal mining has meant a decrease in jobs as people are replaced with machines. Photo By Mark Schmerling/Courtesy Sierra Club. 

A 40-minute sneak preview of the documentary will be held November 9 through 15 at Coal Country house parties throughout the nation. Find a party near you on the Sierra Club’s website. Party attendees will watch the preview, discuss the film and have the opportunity to write a letter to the Obama administration calling for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. Actress Ashley Judd will join the parties via telephone.

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West Virginia's Kayford Mountain has been almost entirely destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Photo By Mark Schmerling/Courtesy Sierra Club. 

If you can’t attend a party, tune in to Planet Green on November 14 at 8 p.m. EST, November 15 at 12 p.m. EST, November 19 at 11 p.m. EST or November 20 at 3 p.m. EST.