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OVEC Organizer Maria Gunnoe at Work
2009

Photos by Vivian Stockman

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Maria on the edge of the massive Hobet 21 mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining operation.  About 75 percent of Manhattan Island, New York, NY, would fit onto this one mine site!
Maria on the edge of the massive Hobet 21 mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining operation. About 75 percent of Manhattan Island, New York, NY, would fit onto this one mine site!

Maria and her dog Toby drive up to Lindytown in March 2009. Mountaintop removal coal mining will soon drive Lindytown into extinction.
Maria and her dog Toby drive up to Lindytown in March 2009. Mountaintop removal coal mining will soon drive Lindytown into extinction.

What help keeps every hard-working person going, despite sometimes overwhelming grief over the result of human greed?  Friendship and a sense of humor sure help.
What help keeps every hard-working person going, despite sometimes overwhelming grief over the result of human greed? Friendship and a sense of humor sure help.

A film crew surrounds Maria. In the background, facing the camera is Antrim Caskey, a photographer who has moved to West Virginia to document what the coal industry is doing to the mountains and Mountaineers.
A film crew surrounds Maria. In the background, facing the camera is Antrim Caskey, a photographer who has moved to West Virginia to document what the coal industry is doing to the mountains and Mountaineers.

On camera.
On camera.

Maria and OVEC board member and Mountain Keeper Larry Gibson.
Maria and OVEC board member and Mountain Keeper Larry Gibson.

Maria contemplates the horror of mountaintop removal.
Maria contemplates the horror of mountaintop removal.

Maria walks along a gulley that used to be her yard--until flooding off the valley fill above her home washed part of her yard away.
Maria walks along a gulley that used to be her yard--until flooding off the valley fill above her home washed part of her yard away.
 

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