This is a short documentary about two mining families: The Baileys and The Stewarts and their communities, who have been associated with coal mining for more than a generation.
Arianna Bailey is the daughter of a coal miner. She represented the coal miners and their families in 2011 as Miss West Virginia Coal Festival.
Coal is everything for her family. They believe it is an honest living and there is nothing else to be found in West Virginia.
Goose Stewart is a retired coal miner, who survived the explosion at former Massey Energy’s Big Branch Mine in West Virginia in April 2010 which killed 29 miners.
Investigations have revealed Massey Energy and the MSHA directly responsible for the blast. A simple search will reveal many documents related to this incident.
The Stewarts are angry at Massey for not taking care of its employees and not properly compensenting the families of the victims.
The documentary beautifully ties in the pride of the coal mining community with their fears of the dangers associated with mining. Many coal miners also develop black lung or other respiratory illnesses as a result of their long term exposure to coal dust.
This is a fascinating book published by the Mining Alliance of Canada. Listed are a total of 100 innovations in mining grouped into the areas of Ore Discovery, Extraction and Processing, Transportation and Communication, Health and Safety, and Remediation.
It should come as no surprise that Mining happens to be one of the most innovative professions where we are always ready to implement new ways to mine efficiently, cheaply and at the same time be friends with the environment.
The book is 12MB but the download is worth the wait !