Coal Country is a powerful film from Sierra Club Productions taking us inside modern coal mining. We get to know working miners along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia. We visit the homes of people most directly affected by mountaintop removal mining (MTR) and hear about health problems, dirty water in their wells and streams, and dust and grime on their floors. We hear from miners and coal company officials who are concerned about jobs and the economy and believe they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the American people.
Both sides in this conflict claim that history is on their side. Families have lived in the region for generations and most have ancestors who worked in the mines. Everyone shares a deep love for the land, but MTR is tearing them apart.
Are the people fighting against mountaintop removal really protecting the earth, or do they stand in the way of affordable energy for all Americans? What is behind promises of “cheap energy” and “clean coal.” Are they achievable, and at what cost? And what are the alternatives for our energy future?
Executive Producer: Mari-Lynn Evans; Written, Produced and Directed by Phylis Geller. With underwriting and outreach support from Sierra Club Productions and Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.