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Senior Legislative Counsel Joan Mulhern testifies before the U.S. Congress about the devastating effects of mountaintop removal coal mining.
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In the spring of 2009, Amber moved to be with family in the small mountain town of Ameagle, in the heart of West Virginia's coal country. In Ameagle, she was surrounded by mountaintop removal coal mining and was awakened to its effects on communities, families, clean water, and the land. She saw her water poisoned and wants to protect her little brother from mountaintop removal.
"I hated mountaintop removal mining at first sight; I thought it was awful. You see, I grew up in these mountains, with the beauty, serenity and joy you feel inside this place. These mountains are so beautiful; I didn't want them destroyed. And I wanted my children and my grandchildren to enjoy them," says Julian Martin.
Many generations of Lisa Henderson's family lived in Marfork, WV. She was born there and loved it "A lttle slice of perfect paradise," she calls it. During Lisa's lifetime the town was abandoned because of pollution from nearby mountaintop removal mining. Because of this injustice, Lisa's mother Judy Bonds became one country's most ardent and outspoken advocates of environmental justice.