Kathy Mattea opposes coal mountaintop clearing
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
– Kathy Mattea returns to her native West Virginia on July 10, 2007, to view the effect of mountaintop removal coal mining and "to fight the destructive practice," according to the Sierra Club.
Sierra Club Vice President for Conservation Robin Mann will join Mattea and community leaders on an aerial tour of the coalfields near Charleston and then visit with residents on Kayford Mountain, West Va.
"Between the research for my current project of coal music, and my work as part of The Climate Project, giving slide shows on global warming and the environment, I have bumped up against the issue of mountain top removal from many angles in recent months," said Mattea. "I wanted to come see for myself what's happening in my home state."
Mountaintop removal is a form of coal mining where large sections of mountains are blown off in order to expose the coal.
Mattea's grandfathers were coal miners, and her upcoming album, "Coal," draws on the musical influences of Appalachia's coal history.
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