Documentary on WV Mountaintop Mine Coming to Theaters Across U.S.

A documentary about the battle for West Virginia's Coal River Mountain will soon reach bigger audiences.

"The Last Mountain" debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

It opens in New York and Washington, D.C. June 3, and in Los Angeles June 10. After that, it begins showing nationwide.

The film shows the fight that activists including Maria Gunnoe and Bo Webb have waged to stop Virginia-based Massey Energy from turning the Raleigh County site into a mountaintop removal mine.

Mountaintop removal is a particularly efficient and destructive form of strip mining that blasts ridge tops apart to expose multiple seams of coal for giant machines. Debris is pushed into valleys below.

The film also features some of activist Robert Kennedy Jr.'s visits.

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