The Lund Report, November 8, 2012
By Christen McCurdy
Local health, environmental and clean energy groups participate in a screening to hear about the struggles of activists in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia
November 8, 2012 — The fight to keep coal trains from passing through Oregon on their way to ports overseas was put in a national context at a free screening of the documentary, The Last Mountain, at Portland’s Bagdad Theater last week.
The screening was sponsored by Multnomah County, and was followed by a panel of speakers from local health, environmental and clean energy groups. But the film focused on the efforts of activists in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley – those whose families had lived in the area for generations, as well as outsiders, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – to halt the removal of Coal River Mountain by coal giant Massey Energy. Activists went so far as to raise money to install wind turbines at the summit of the mountain, and while the result of their efforts was not documented in the film, the mountain is still marked for removal.