Mountaintop Removal, When Mountains Move, National Geographic: Citizens Fight Back In Court

Women stand in a ground listening to a man talk in a courthouse waiting room filled with law books.

Attorney Brian Glasser talks with some of the 152 frustrated Sylvester, West Virginia citizens who banded together in a lawsuit in an effort to halt the assault on their air. Armed with video taped evidence, photographs, and testimony, the residents proved that black dust blanketed their town from a coal stockpile and preparation plant.

They won but little has changed (the company bought a street sweeper for the community) but it was a moral victory for a group of people who saw property values plummet in the black cloud that hung over their town. None of the 152 mostly retirees had ever been involved in a lawsuit.