People Power Episode 3: Chris Irwin, United Mountain Defense PDF Print E-mail
Lynn Casper / Tuesday, 27 July 2010 16:05

Chris-Hannah_Walking-MineOriginally from the mountains of east Tennessee, Chris Irwin is a member of United Mountain Defense, an organization working to protect Tennessee's mountains from further coal mining. Chris takes us to two nearby mine sites and describes the geological impacts of mountaintop removal mining.

About United Mountain Defense: United Mountain Defense (UMD) is a volunteer driven nonprofit organization committed to halting mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee and assisting coal impacted communities. We have many years of experience working on issues relating to surface mining and its impacts on communities. UMD conducts activities in three principle areas: scientific monitoring and data collection, community organizing including outreach and education, and data collection and analysis from federal and state agencies.

About the People Power series: From the makers of DEEP DOWN, People Power is a short documentary portrait series highlighting just a few Americans who are making a difference for the air, water, and mountains that we all share. Learn more, and find your own people power at

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