Welcome to coal river -- Fighting back, again -- What are we fighting for? -- Strained solidarities -- The chase -- Whose development is it? -- Gender, solidarity, and symbolic capital -- Commons environmentalism and community activism -- Conclusion: John Henry, efficiency, and community. "Critically examining the fierce conflicts over an intense and increasingly prevalent form of strip mining, [this book] documents the changing relationships among te coal industry, communities, environment, and economy from the perspective of local grassroots activist organizations and their broader networks. Drawing on ... testimonies of the hazrds of mountaintop removal in Boone County, Virginia, ... McNeil shows how Appalachian community coalitions have fostered important connections in their opposition to coal mining practices. ..."--Book jacket.