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Deep Down
INDEPENDENT LENS SEASON 9
Aired:
11/23/2010
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Deep in the Appalachian mountains, a proposed mountaintop removal coalmine sparks a contentious community battle

 


INDEPENDENT LENS

Deep Down

Aired Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 11:00 p.m. on CPTV (Check TV Listings)

Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky, where coal is king. When a mountaintop removal coal mine encroaches on their community, the two find themselves on opposite sides of a debate that divides their community and the world — who controls, consumes, and benefits from the planet's dwindling supply of natural resources? In a small town in dire economic straits and high unemployment, the coal company’s offer to buy land and provide jobs can be hard to resist. What can a community do when it must choose between its present and its future?

ORIGINAL PBS BROADCAST: 11/23/2010

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