No More Mountaintop Removal


The Last Mountain

Get ready for the movie the coal industry doesn't want you to see. Across the Appalachians, companies are blowing entire mountaintops to smithereens to get at the thin coal seams below. Big coal benefits while the health and wealth of the region’s citizens are systematically stripped away. But many are fighting back – and The Last Mountain showcases their struggle. The documentary features NRDC attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., joined by courageous Appalachian families and activists who are trying to save their beloved mountains.

In the Sierras, they climb them. In the Rockies, they ski them. In Appalachia, they level them.

Coal isn't clean, and it's definitely not cheap. Across the Appalachians, companies are blowing entire mountaintops to smithereens to get at the thin coal seams below. The communities of the region are paying the cost in their health, their culture and their natural heritage.

Mining companies are clear cutting thousands of acres of some of the world's most biologically diverse forests. They're filling local rivers and streams with blasted debris, polluting drinking water with toxic waste and sacrificing the safety and sanctity of countless communities.

Mountaintop removal mining is not just devastating the region's environment and quality of life. It is also steadily crushing the heart of Appalachia.

Big coal companies should not be allowed to turn our nations' oldest mountains into molehills, and NRDC is working with local allies to halt this damaging practice. Laws must change, environmental regulations must be enforced, corporations must reform their practices, and legal action must be taken to stop the most ecologically and culturally destructive form of strip mining on earth.

You can help today by urging Congress to reverse a Bush administration rule that allows mining companies to legally dump waste into mountain streams.

More on Mountaintop Removal on NRDC's Switchboard Blog

EPA's Model Trading Rule Should Draw a Line at the Forest
posted by Sami Yassa, 2/4/16
In August, the EPA issued its landmark Clean Power Plan (CPP) aimed at reducing emissions from stationary ...
"I see the green Earth and I want to..."
posted by Robert Friedman, 4/23/14
Paint it black?! Some people take the air we breathe and the water we drink for granted. They're willing ...
Willie Nelson's America the Beautiful Video Against Mountaintop Removal Mining
posted by Allen Hershkowitz, 3/25/14
NRDC released a video yesterday supported by Willie Nelson’s iconic song America the Beautiful ...
On the Frontlines, Power is Shifting
posted by Robert Friedman, 10/22/13
There’s something about standing on a fracking pad or at the edge of a mountaintop removal site ...

More posts >>

Energy Main Page >

Share | |
Find NRDC on


Join one of the nation's most powerful environmental groups

With over 2 million members and online activists joining more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals, the NRDC works to tackle the biggest environmental issues we face today. Join now and see how you can make a difference!

Join Now