How the Farmington Mine Tragedy Changed a Community and Pushed for Safety Reform


On this West Virginia Morning, journalist and professor Bonnie Stewart joins us to talk about the recent 50th anniversary of the Farmington Mine Disaster.

A federal court has found the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. As Brittany Patterson reports, the ruling could mean pipeline developers may need to rethink the project’s route.

This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia honors the 78 men killed in the Farmington Mine Disaster 50 years ago last month. Molly Born sat down with journalist and professor Bonnie Stewart to discuss the significance of the tragedy that forever changed a community — and led to mine safety and health reforms. Stewart’s book “No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster” was published in 2012.

Paul Kelley’s career has spanned three decades, including 21 albums and six appearances on Mountain Stage. This performance was recorded in October 2017 when he returned with a full band and songs from his album “Life Is Fine.” Enjoy our Mountain Stage Song of the Week: “Rising Moon.”

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