Filmed over 5 years in the coalfields of West Virginia, COAL RUSH follows the relentless battle for justice of a rural Appalachian community against a major coal company accused of polluting their drinking water.

USA, 85 mins, 2012 

 

 

 

“Never will coal be called “clean” again” …

"STUNNING! One of the most devastating film portraits

of ruthless corporate operations in memory"

-HUFFINGTON POST

"One of the best secrets in the US energy policy revealed" -LA REPUBBLICA

"Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo fix on film forever (just like Erin Brockovich did in fiction) a triumphant legal environmental battle, affecting the lives of many at the mercy of a colossal company." - SHOCKYA

"Brilliantly filmed. Poignant!” -ECO WATCH

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2014

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2013

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2014

When a rural West Virginia community comes to believe that the illnesses that almost killed them may not be an act of God but of environmental wrongdoing, locals take on major coal company Massey Energy over contaminated water that they charge is the cause of widespread sickness.
Coal Rush 5 years in the making, is a documentary-film following the relentless battle for justice of a rural Appalachian community that has sued major coal company Massey Energy, accused of contaminating the drinking water of more than 700 West Virginia residents with billions of gallons of improperly disposed toxic coal slurry. The film examines one of the worst yet least publicized US industrial contamination disasters from all angles – including Massey Energy’s standpoint - while bringing an important story of human suffering into focus.