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Combating Mountaintop Removal: New Directions in the Fight against Big Coal

Bryan T. McNeil


Drawing on powerful personal testimonies of the hazards of mountaintop removal in southern West Virginia, this book critically examines the fierce conflicts over this violent and increasingly prevalent form of strip mining. Focusing on the grassroots activist organization Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW), the book reveals a turn away from once-strong traditional labor unions and the emergence of community-based activist organizations. By framing social and moral arguments in terms of the environment, these innovative hybrid movements take advantage of environmentalism's higher profile in conte ... More

Keywords: mountaintop removal, southern West Virginia, strip mining, Coal River Mountain Watch, CRMW, labor unions, community activism, environmentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036439
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan T. McNeil, author
American University