Maria Gunnoe

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Maria Gunnoe is an environmentalist from Boone County, WV, who opposes mountaintop removal mining.[1] She is featured in the 2008 documentary film Burning the Future: Coal in America, the 2007 documentary film Mountain Top Removal, and the 2011 documentary film The Last Mountain. In 2006, Gunnoe received the Callaway Award for her organizing efforts in her southern West Virginia community.[2][3][4][5]

In 2009 Gunnoe received the Goldman Environmental Prize, which is the second time an environmentalist has been awarded a Goldman Prize for fighting coal mining operations in West Virginia. In 2003, Julia Bonds won a Goldman for opposing the controversial practice of mountaintop removal in Appalachia.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Vicki (22 April 2009). "Mountaintop mining activist wins global award". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  2. ^ "The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest Presents the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage on Thursday December 14, 2006". Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. December 14, 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  3. ^ Harris, Paul (16 January 2005). "They flattened this mountaintop to find coal - and created a wasteland". The Observer. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  4. ^ Paulson, Amanda (January 3, 2006). "In coal country, heat rises over latest method of mining". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Burning the Future: Coal in America (2008)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  6. ^ Woman Wins Environmental Prize for Fighting Mining Problems