One of the fundamental reasons of a successful documentary movie is the equal balance. Since this type of movie is made based on special interests, then the chance to present accusation is quite high. Through Coal Country movie, Phylis Geller and the production crews could deliver the perfect balance of the economic and environmental points.
– Mining Factory Point of View
The mining factory, especially the coal mining, is like a two-edged swords. It is one of the main natural resources used to run the power plants. Shutting down the coal mining will automatically shuts the power plants also, reducing the electric supply to the nearby cities. This is surely the last scenario option.
In the other side, mining factory has production target to meet and limited production cost. Thus, the engineer and project manager are trying to find a way out. In Appalachia mountain case, the factory decided to use mountain top removal (MTR) method. Basically, the factory will tear open a mountain to dig for the coal. As expected, it includes blasting as well.
Aside from its lower production cost compared to the traditional process, the MTR allows the workers to dig more coals, as the mountain is torn from the surface. As the result, the coal production will rise, too. The company could meet the market demand within the deadline.
– Locals Point of View
There is no way the explanation of the mining factory will be rejected by most businessmen. However, the locals have some other things to say. It would be impolite to say that the mining factory brings no benefit to the locals. In fact, being a coal miner is the main profession in the region. Thus, closing the factory will indirectly kill the families whose lives depend on coals.
However, some people think that the presence of mining factory is schemed. West Virginia is one of the poorest region in the United States, especially the southern part. Is it really a coincidence that a mining factory is opened for years there? The workers literally has nowhere to go should the company shuts down, forcing them to stay as they are.
The problem is the worker cannot get proper life. Even though they get monthly salary, the surrounding environment is heavily polluted. The factory waste is freely dumped to the river and the air is stained with factory smoke. Sooner or later, they will also have no green land, as the mountain is split and torn apart.
The classic Coal Country movie is presented in a different way. Geller, the movie producer, allows both sides to deliver their concerns in a polite manner. Instead of pointing to the justified side, this great film shows the audience the complexity of the conditions.