With just one mountain still standing in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley, filmmaker Bill Haney and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. join resilient locals in an all-out battle to save “the last mountain” from destruction by coal giant Massey Energy.
Coal giant Massey Energy’s mountaintop removal mining has brought down millions of acres of forests, reduced mountain ranges to rubble and generated toxic drinking water and driven up rates of cancer and autism in Coal River Valley in West Virginia. With just one mountain—Coal River Mountain—still standing, filmmaker Bill Haney and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. join Coal River Valley’s resilient locals in an all-out battle to save “the last mountain” from Massey’s chopping block.
In an attempt to find the financial incentive that would keep Massey from mining Coal River Mountain, they come up with plans to replace the prospective mine, which would produce approximately $300,000 in revenue for less than 20 years, with a wind farm that would provide more than $1 million a year in revenue indefinitely.
But Coal River valley residents are used to being ignored—even six residents dead from brain tumors has not generated the political will to stop Massey or end the lax environmental regulation it has been rewarded with in the past.
Nonetheless, “The Last Mountain” passionately documents their less-than-popular yet powerful fight to expose the dirty energy and its lasting environmental devastation. “If the American people could see it,” says Kennedy of the destruction, “there’d be a revolution in this country.”