"Missing Mountains . . . testimony, short story, poem and essay, is a model of engaged witnessing---art in service of community. It is the opposite of public relations---it is truth telling."
Bill McKibben in The Christian Century

Missing Mountains
We went to the mountaintop but it wasn't there

Introduction by Silas House
Afterword by Wendell Berry

edited by Kristin Johannsen, Bobbie Ann Mason,
and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall


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An exploration of Mountaintop removal mining and its effects 
on the land and people of Kentucky and Appalachia ---

Thirty-five Kentuckians write against mountaintop removal in this collection of essays, fiction, and poetry. In April of 2005 a group of Kentucky writers participated in a "Mountaintop Removal Tour" organized by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. After witnessing first-hand the devastation from this type of mining, the inadequacy of reclamation, and hearing from residents regarding the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the land and the people who live there, this book was conceived.
This book calls for responsible mining practices and an end to the unnecessary destruction and devastation of the land, people, and economy of the eastern Kentucky coalfields and the planet caused by mountaintop removal. Every day many thousands of Kentuckians and residents of the Ohio and Mississippi valley drink water from streams that originate in the coal-mining region of Kentucky. Its not just a local problem.

"How does this region, which is home to one of the richest and most biologically diverse forests in the world, come to be reduced to rubble, debris, choked and poisoned streams, and failed reclamation projects? As writers from Missing Mountains make plain, we have lost the ability to see clearly and concretely, and with an eye to what is valuable and enduring."
                                  ---Norman Wirzba

"Readers often look at the word 'environment' and automatically think of streams, trees, mountains. But an environment is also made up of people. This is a collection of writing that remembers the children who do not have good water to drink or bathe in, the people who travel unsafe roads or live beneath sites that have already sent boulders crashing through their homes. This book calls to account a government that prefers to produce coal for our energy-consuming nation in the quickest, cheapest way, rather than to find a safe, more efficient and respectful method, one which would also create jobs for the region."
                                 ---Silas House
"For 130 years now, weve been told over and over again that coal is good for Kentucky, but the numbers tell a different story. More than 7.8 billion tons of coal have been mined here in that time. But despite the extraction of vast mineral wealth from our land, Kentucky continues its uphill struggle to provide a decent living, a good education, and a clean environment for its people. And the counties of the eastern coalfields, with the richest natural resources of all, remain among the poorest in the entire state."
                                ---Kristin Johannsen

"Eastern Kentucky, in its natural endowments of timber and minerals, is the wealthiest region of our state, and it has now experienced more than a century of intense corporate 'free enterprise,' with the result that it is more impoverished and has suffered more ecological damage than any other region. The worst inflicter of poverty and ecological damage has been the coal industry, which has taken from the region a wealth probably incalculable, and has imposed the highest and most burdening 'costs of production' upon the land and the people. Many of these costs are, in the nature of things, not repayable. Some were paid by people now dead and beyond the reach of compensation. Some are scars on the land that will not be healed in any length of time imaginable by humans."  
                                 ---Wendell Berry

Kentuckians contributing to this volume are:
Whitney Baker 
Artie Ann Bates 
Wendell Berry
George Brosi 
Steven R. Cope 
Tony Crunk
Charles Bracelen Flood 
Lucy Flood 
Stephen George
Jerry Hardt 
Chris Holbrook 
Silas House
Charlie Hughes 
Kristin Johannsen
Loyal Jones
Leatha Kendrick
Christina E. Lovin
George Ella Lyon 
Maurice Manning 
Bobbie Ann Mason
Ed McClanahan
Davis McCombs 
Amanda Moore 
Daymon Morgan 
Gurney Norman 
Erik Reece 
Susan Starr Richards
Gwyn Hyman Rubio 
Anne Shelby 
Bob Sloan 
Pauline Stacy 
Richard Taylor
Mary Ann Taylor-Hall
Betty Wood 
Jeff Worley

With photographs by:
Geoff Oliver Bugbee,
Warren Brunner, Berea, Kentucky
Ann Olson,