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A Portrait of the Tensions in Coal Country

Nov 16, 2016 | 595 videos
Video by Mari-Lynn Evans and Jordan Freeman

Blood on the Mountain is a new documentary that investigates the role of coal companies in exploiting West Virginia’s land and population. This exclusive excerpt from the film profiles the miners who have been left behind as the industry continues to dwindle, and how the state is grappling with tensions between climate change reform and its residents’ economic dependency on the fossil fuel. “There is a war about coal,” says the lawyer Bruce Stanley. “But the war is not on coal, the war is the one that coal has waged on West Virginia for the last 150 years.”

Blood on the Mountain opens in theaters on November 18, 2016. More information can be found on the film’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

Author: Nadine Ajaka


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