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watch "coal country" - win a prize

Posted: March 13 2010

in november 2009, a documentary film shot by one of our comrades premiered on national television and told the story of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia from the view of the people who live and work in the coal fields.

in case you missed Coal Country the first time around, there are a number of chances to watch it on Planet Green + you can enter a contest just for watching. here's how it works:

  1. Watch Coal Country on TV at Planet Green.
  2. Answer the five questions below while you watch. (Print out the questions.)
  3. Email your answers to [email protected] by March 22. Include your mailing address if you'd like to receive a complimentary copy of the book Plundering Appalachia, a stunning look at the impact of coal mining in Appalachia. (Limited quantities available. Answer fast!)
  4. If you're one of the first five people to respond with correct answers, we'll make you our Coal Country Champions on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Coal Country will air on Planet Green this month:

  • Saturday, March 13, at 10pm ET
  • Sunday, March 14, at 2pm ET
  • Thursday, March 18, at 11pm ET
  • Friday, March 19, at 3pm ET

The five questions to answer:

  1. Chuck Nelson is a former coal miner who now fights with local environmental groups to stop mountaintop removal mining. Early in the film, he is being interviewed on his porch and he holds up a gold Bradbury Ring. What did he receive the ring for?
  2. Environmental attorney Joe Lovett has been fighting in the courts against mountaintop removal for over a decade. He's won some important legal victories and continues to fight. He mentions there are two "good laws" useful for fighting mountaintop removal. What is at least one of those laws?
  3. During the film, there is a public hearing packed with both coal company representatives and community activists. One man repeats a saying to the coal miners in the room that the coal companies have always said about their employees. What is this saying?
  4. At the same hearing, coal company supporters are wearing buttons on their shirts and hats. What do the buttons say?
  5. The film spent time with activists in many different parts of Appalachia, including West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. One activist from Meigs County, Ohio said that her county is ranked number 1 in two categories. What are those two categories?