"Fear of Violence Grows in Mountaintop Mining Fight"

"MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It was the slap heard 'round the coalfields: Cordelia Ruth Tucker, wearing the fluorescent-striped shirt of a miner, strode past West Virginia state troopers and into a stream of marchers protesting mountaintop removal mining to deliver an audible smack.

The 54-year-old Rock Creek woman isn't talking as she awaits trial on a battery charge. Her neighbor, environmental activist Judy Bonds, says she was on the receiving end of the slap.

And Bonds — like many in a place where labor disputes have a violent history — fears more blows will follow as the fight escalates over mountaintop removal, the uniquely Appalachian form of strip mining that involves blowing tops off mountains and dumping the rubble in valleys."

Vicki Smith reports for the Associated Press December 19, 2009.

See Also:

"Religion Shaping Mountain-Top Removal Debate in Appalachia Coal Country" (Louisville Courier-Journal)


Source: AP, 12/21/2009