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Uploaded on Jul 1, 2008
On June 30, 2008, filmmaker Catherine Pancake discussed her riveting documentary, Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice. She indicated that federal legislation would be needed to end this insidious method of coal mining, which is laying waste to large areas of Appalachian mountain peaks in her native state of West Virginia. Ms. Pancake said that stopping mountaintop coal removal is a moral issue. For background, please see the following web sites:Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight For Coalfield Justice; Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition; Mountain Top Removal Mining in West Virginia; Mountain Justice Summer; and, Coal River Mountain Watch.