Revolt: Coal River Mountain (Newsy Report on Mountaintop Removal and Health)

Oct 24, 2017

This excellent report from Newsy examines the health impacts from mountaintop removal and the National Academy of Sciences review that was halted halfway through. There’s a lot of good footage of mountaintop removal, including drone footage from Junior Walk, as well as a ground tour with Junior and volunteer Chuck Nelson and interview with Maria Gunnoe. The Newsy journalists do an excellent job of visually illustrating the health statistics, such as the 181% higher rate of heart/lung birth defects. This is why we need to pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, H.R. 786 in this Congress, to end mountaintop removal by focusing on the deadly health impacts. And reports like this are why we need your support to give the tours and show the world that mountaintop removal is still going on and still deadly to the people. You can support our work with a tax-deductible gift at You can learn more about the ACHE Act at  


Showing first-hand the effects of mountaintop removal and other abuses by the coal industry is an important part of what we do at Coal River Mountain Watch. The Show and Tell Energy Education Project (STEEP) will continue providing tours and interviews to journalists, student groups, and other visitors, but will add the positive alternative of renewable energy when we install a solar array to provide 100% of our electrical needs. You can learn more about the STEEP challenge at . To support the STEEP challenge and help us get a $10,000 challenge grant from the Solutions Project, please donate at and include the note “STEEP.” Thank you.