Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

Available items only
Book Cover
Author Maher, Kris, author.

Title Desperate : an epic battle for clean water and justice in Appalachia / Kris Maher.

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  344.0463 MAH    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description ix, 339 pages : frontispiece, maps ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Summary For two decades, the water in the taps and wells of Mingo County didn't look, smell, or taste right. Could it be the root of the health problems--from kidney stones to cancer--in this Appalachian community? Environmental lawyer Kevin Thompson certainly thought so. For seven years, he waged an epic legal battle against Massey Energy, West Virginia's most powerful coal company, helmed by CEO Don Blankenship. While Massey's lawyers worked out of a gray glass office tower in Charleston known as "the Death Star," Thompson set up shop in a ramshackle hotel in the fading coal town of Williamson. Working with fellow lawyers and a crew of young activists, Thompson would eventually uncover the ruthless shortcuts that put the community's drinking water at risk. A respected preacher and his brother, retired coal miners, and women whose families had lived in the area's coal camps for generations, all put their trust in Thompson when they had nowhere else to turn. As he dug deeper into the mystery of the water along a stretch of road where the violence from the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud still echoes, he was pulled into the darkest corners of Mingo County, risking his finances, his marriage, his career, and even his safety.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-321) and index.
Contents Black water -- The heart of the billion dollar coal field -- The quantification of intuition -- Exodus -- The admiral's den.
Subject Massey Energy (Firm) -- Corrupt practices.
Thompson, Kevin W., 1963-
Drinking water -- Contamination -- West Virginia -- Mingo County.
Drinking water -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Cases.
Coal mines and mining -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Cases.
Massey Energy (Firm) -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Water -- Pollution.
Water-supply -- Health aspects.
Mining corporations -- Corrupt practices.
Coal mines and mining -- Environmental aspects -- West Virginia -- Mingo County.
Coal mines and mining -- Health aspects -- West Virginia -- Mingo County.
Mingo County (W. Va.) -- Social conditions.
Mingo County (W. Va.) -- Environmental conditions.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Added Title Epic battle for clean water and justice in Appalachia
ISBN 9781501187346 (hardcover)
1501187341 (hardcover)

Available items only