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Maria Gunnoe (still from the documentary)

Today, I want to share with you The Last Mountain documentary that I was introduced to recently about mountain top removal mining in West Virginia. This story sits very close to my heart because my grandfather was a coal miner in Beckley, West Virginia, so I have spent time in these areas. The documentary, if you are not already familiar with the practices of mountain top removal coal mining, can be quite eye opening. I felt the need to share this video to remind us all why we are working towards a sustainable future.

A few of my thoughts that I jotted down while watching the video:

  • Coal has been mined for generations without reducing the mountain to rubble. Why is it necessary now?

  • They say they are providing jobs, but what happens when all of the mountains are gone? Where will the jobs come from in 20 years when the mountains are gone?

  • In my opinion, younger people need to be trained in renewable energy jobs, rather than relying on the same old, same old.

  • 60,000 violations are just the ones that were recorded. The real number of violations shall never be known.

  • The particulate burning the car paint scene- What does that do to the skin, brain, and internal organs both over the short-term and the long-term? Are these children going to reach their full potential?

I will be doing more research to see what has changed since 2011 when the documentary was produced. If you have any questions or information please feel free to share it below. I plan on doing a follow-up post in the future to answer any questions and provide the latest information on the topic. 

2 thoughts on “The Last Mountain Documentary

  1. I am very excited that you will look into the situation there since 2011. I will be looking forward to your finding.

  2. Hi June, I’m so glad you liked my post. Hopefully my follow up will not disappoint. 😉

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