by Neil Williamson |
A member reflects on his Appalachian heritage, and mountaintop removal mining
Thank you, Md. Chapter, for printing Betsy Reeders Lasting Impressions article in the Winter 06-07 edition. I am a descendent of Appalachian economic migrants. There are hundreds of thousands of us scattered around the country, maybe millions. My family vacationed, like Betsy, to the West Virginia state parks, in the 1950s, taking our grandparents back to the mountains they loved. But I am glad they died before having to witness mountain-top removal coal mining.
My request to the Maryland Chapter leadership: Please publish in Chesapeake websites of our fellow organizations that are struggling to stop this destruction. At ilovemountains.org, visitors can see several excellent videos, including Mary Ann Hitt of Appalachian Voices, and Maria Gunnoe, a mom-turned-activist who has lost her home to King Coal. This site also links to other great groupsthe Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Coal River Mountain Watch, and others.
Editors note: For more about mountaintop removal mining, see Kim Stenleys essay, Speaking of Mountains. Kim provides a list of resources following her essay for those interested in learning more about this environmental catastrophe.
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