Documentary on Mountaintop Mining in WV Going National

By: VICKI SMITH - Associated Press Writer
By: VICKI SMITH - Associated Press Writer

A documentary hitting theaters from New York to Los Angeles in June aims to make the American public care about mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. and director Bill Haney made dozens of trips to West Virginia to shoot "The Last Mountain."

It offers a dramatic close-up of mining, from powerful explosions to the endless traffic pattern of giant yellow dump trucks that slowly reshape the earth.

Haney wants every American to feel connected to the strip mining he says is destroying coalfields communities.

Industry has only a cameo, and that worries West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney.

He says the film should include interviews with miners and their families who depend on the jobs and who live in the areas where they work.

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