Mountaintop removal (MTR) does exactly what it says : A mountaintop is stripped of trees, blown to bits with explosives, then pushed aside by giant equipment - all to expose a layer of coal to be mined. In recent years, local people fighting against MTR's destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia's coalfields to help them bring national attention to this shameful practice, and abolish it. Since the Mountain Justice Campaign began in 2005, dozens of local coalfield residents, students, Earth Firsters, and others have been arrested in non violent protests actions against MTR.
Tricia Shapiro is one of the few writers on this subject who actually understands the strategy, the tactics and the internal politics of a dynamic and growing movement. this is environmental journalism at it's best.
AK Press 2010. Used paperback, excellent condition.