Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Honoring Larry Gibson, The Keeper of the Mountain

Judy Bonds, Larry Gibson, and Chuck Nelson at the Hudson Bay Canvassers Conference in 2009 where they held workshops about mountaintop removal and Larry gave a plenary speech. photo: Jennifer Roddis

CLEVELAND — Larry Gibson, who died Sunday at the age of 66, was the soul of courage, warmth and love. He who inspired generations of people, including many of us from Ohio Citizen Action, to join him in protecting his beloved Appalachian mountains from the scourge of mountaintop removal coal mining. We are all heartbroken at the loss of this wonderful man. We have posted below just a few of the many tributes that Larry’s friends have written over the past two days. Larry’s family will hold a private funeral tomorrow, with a public memorial service to be held at a later date.

Donations in Larry’s honor may be made to the Keeper of the Mountain Foundation.

— Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action

West Virginia mountaintop removal mining opponent dies

— James Bruggers, Courier-Journal

Part of me stayed there

— Chris Jordan-Bloch, EarthJustice

West Virginia anti-mining crusader Larry Gibson dead at 66

— Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

Mourning a hero and a friend

— Liz Judge, EarthJustice

Hero for those “Who don’t have a say”

— Joan Mulhern, EarthJustice