Mountaintop Removal Topic of Concord Guest Speaker

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 12 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

Mountaintop Removal Topic of Concord Guest Speaker

ATHENS - Guest speaker Tricia Shapiro will discuss issues related to mountaintop removal during a presentation at Concord University on Wednesday, Apr. 13. The program will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 300. The University’s Eco Club is sponsoring the event.

Topics will include what mountaintop removal (MTR) is, what it does to nearby communities, coalfield-based efforts to end MTR and Shapiro’s work covering anti-MTR campaigns.

Shapiro, originally from the northern end of the Appalachian coalfields in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the author of “Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal for the Future of Us All.” She describes her book as a “journalistic narrative” that covers six years of reporting and interviewing those involved with ending MTR.

“While traveling to promote this book, I’m also aiming to extend and deepen discussion about mountaintop removal coal mining among individuals and groups both inside and outside Appalachia, and to connect that discussion with related concerns about climate change and efforts to move toward more sustainable ways of living,” Shapiro said.

During the presentation at Concord, screen excerpts from the film “Low Coal” by Jordan Freeman will be shown.

Concord University biology major Gary Thompson urges everyone to attend this informative event. He hopes for a large attendance so an interesting question and answer session can take place with Shapiro following the presentation.

“Energy production is one of the biggest issues our generation will face,” Thompson said. “Students need to know the facts of the issues.”

Thompson has researched related topics, including mine drainages. He will present his research, titled “Acid Mine Drainages” during Concord University’s Undergraduate Research Day on Thursday, Apr. 21. His study was based on whether water treatments were working in streams in Morris Creek in Montgomery, W.Va.

For more information on Shapiro’s presentation, contact Thompson at


Wendy Holdren, a Concord University senior majoring in English with an emphasis in journalism, wrote this article. Her hometown is Justice, W.Va.