Reminiscent of a particular Hollywood film you may have seen recently…
The battle to protect the historic battlefield on Blair Mountain has been waging for the past two decades. In March of 2009, dedicated local activists were rewarded when Blair Mountain was named as a Historic Place.
However, last week we learned that, after heavy lobbying by the coal industry and their allies, Chief of the National Register for the National Park Service Carol Schull took the unprecedented step of actually delisting Blair Mountain, paving the way for coal companies to pursue permits for mountaintop removal mining on the mountain.
Blair Mountain is a sacred place, and we believe that we can provide for a better future for Appalachia by honoring our past. But Blair, and other Appalachian mountains, will be destroyed if we do not spread the word about the injustice that is happening today in Appalachia with mountaintop removal mining.
Read more about Blair Mountain:
- Avatar in Appalachia [Front Porch blog]
- Mountaintop Removal Mayhem [Huffington Post]
- Blair Mountain’s Historical Status Revoked! [Friends of Blair Mountain]