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April 7th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

Coal River activist: 'We are all being used'

Lorelei Scarbro
Special to CNN

I am West Virginia born and raised, and I come from a long line of coal miners. My father, grandfather, brothers, husband and son-in-law either are or were coal miners.

My husband spent 35 years as an underground union coal miner and he died of black lung. I live near Coal River Mountain and my community is experiencing a tragedy.

The situation here, before this disaster, had already compelled me to become an environmental activist, committed to doing everything I can to stop the destructive practice of coal extraction known as mountaintop removal. I am not trying to stop all coal mining. I believe coal mining will be with us for a very long time, considering our enormous thirst for energy and our slow transition to renewable energy.

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  1. Karen

    I hate that this has happend. My father survived an explosion so severe that no one was even able to get the ones that had passed away out. He was blessed enough to be on his way out already.

    This doesn't mean I think we should shut down all mines. Put them out of business.

    We still eat crab and it's one of the most dangerous jobs.

    Why are we still driving? More people are killed on roadways each year than the last 10 combined in a coal mine?

    April 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  2. Jim

    Lorelei Scarbro: I Live in California & My Heart & Prayers Goes Out to those In Your State effected by this Disaster.

    April 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm |