National Geographic : 2006 Mar
The High Cost of Cheap COAL Big mining companies hit pay dirt by scalping mountaintops in the billion-dollar coalfields of southern West Virginia. But residents pay a high price in noise, air, and water pollution. From his family cemetery, Larry Gibson and his visitors look down on the mines created when a coal In 'ains Move company blew the top off Kayford Mountain, near Whitesville. Another company wants the 50 acre plot Gibson kinfolk have owned for two centuries. But Larry, now an environmental evangelist, vows "this land will never be for sale."