The Coal Industry pretty much does what it wants in the poorest regions of Appalachia. Here, giant toxic sludge lakes loom over tiny communities. Here, mountain top removal has destroyed ancestral homelands and cemeteries. Here are the highest cancer rates in the United States.
Nothing much gets in the way when the Coal Industry commits these crimes. Certainly not state or federal environmental agencies. However, over the past decade there has been one pesky thorn in the industry’s side: citizen lawsuits. But worry no more.