Though the mountains may fall: The cost of mountain top removal
In Appalachia, the coal industry thrives on stripping the landscape—and people’s livelihoods.
Rick Handshoe lives on the battle line. Explosions shake his house regularly, covering it with dust and debris and cracking its foundation. A convoy of supply trucks rumbles constantly past his front porch. He lives amid danger and disturbance, with peace but a distant memory.