The Coal War is the story of a symbol and a struggle: one mountain destined to be destroyed by the coal industry and a courageous effort to bring renewable energy to the heartland of America. MediaStorm Contributor and former Producer Chad A. Stevens has been working tirelessly for the last several years to document the fight going on near Coal River Mountain, and is looking for help to finish the film. Visit The Coal War site to find out more about the film. You can also check out (and support, if you're so inclined) their campaign for funding to finish the film on Kickstarter: Chad's work on the topic of mountaintop removal has also included Leveling Appalachia, a project for Yale Environment 360. Harvard's Nieman Storyboard recently published a story on the project: Chad A. Stevens on choosing sides and choosing stories: two approaches to mountaintop removal mining
During the last two decades, mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia has destroyed or severely damaged more than a million acres of forest and buried nearly 2,000 miles of streams. Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining, a video report produced by Yale Environment 360 in collaboration with MediaStorm, focuses on the environmental and social impacts of this practice and examines the long-term effects on the region’s forests and waterways. At a time when the Obama administration is reviewing mining permit applications throughout West Virginia and three other states, this video offers a first-hand look at mountaintop removal and what is at stake for Appalachia’s environment and its people.