West Virginia

Example of the heavy equipment used to remove the soil.


Select photographic and video materials from the 2009 research trip to strip mining sites and surrounding communities in the Kayford Mountain region of southern West Virginia. Research involved visits to active and abandoned strip mines, as well as interviews with anti-strip mining activists, regional environmentalist organizations, child services department representatives, working miners, and local residents. Extensive documentation was done through both on-the-ground activities and an aerial fly-over of mountaintop removal sites.

Associated projects: Mountain Strip, Mountain Views



Altercation with a group of belligerent miners during the 2009 Fourth of July environmental activist retreat on Kayford Mountain, WV.