Power Shift Featured Speaker: Julia Bonds - Mountaintop Removal (West Virginia)

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Julia Bonds, Goldman Prize winner, was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. She's a coal miner's daughter and the director of Coal River Mountain Watch. Over the past six years, Bonds has emerged as a formidable community leader against the horrible destruction of mountaintop removal mining.

In 2001, Bonds and her family became the last residents to evacuate from her own hometown of Marfork Hollow where six generations of her family had lived. Marfork had been virtually destroyed by mountaintop removal mining, which involves completely blasting off the tops of mountains so that huge machines can mine thin seams of coal.

Media Inquiries: Coal River Mountain Watch - 304.854.2182

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