This footage was shot to share with the world the tragedy of mountaintop removal coal mining.

We hope that you will use it in your project!

These 8 clips were taken on a fly-through on March 12, 2010 in the Appalachian region of Southeastern Kentucky. The trip was made possible by Appalachia in Transition: Beyond MTR, a student group at Yale University.

I am placing this footage in the public domain in the hopes that those who are working on video and media projects related to mountaintop removal, power from coal, and related environmental, public health, and social justice issues will find it useful. The clips show a rare view from the air of large areas of mining which are inaccessible to the public on the ground. It shows active mines, drag lines, retention ponds (bright blue/grey/green), polluted streams and rivers (bright green), "reclaimed" mine sites (flat areas of brown grass), mountain communities, and the neighboring Appalachian forest.

Unfortunately, the clips were shot with a rather wompy video camera. The vibrations of the plain, rough air, and a low sun angle have conspired against smoothness in some shots. Nonetheless, there are some fantastic views here, we hope that you will find them useful!

Please contact me if you would like high resolution copies for your project.

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