81 year old former underground coal miner: “We’re invested here”

AUDIO/PHOTO  BY M.L. RAMSBURG
Leonard Petry worked as an underground coal miner for over 30 years. The 81 year old Cabin Creek, West Virginia resident said he still gets a paycheck in the form of retirement pay from his days as a coal miner. He said he understands the importance coal plays in West Virginia’s economy. Still, he said, “the mining of coal can be done a lot cleaner and a lot more efficient.” In this audio report, Leonard speaks about why he thinks strip mining — otherwise known as mountaintop removal — is not the solution. [Running time: 01:24]

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