The Buffalo Creek Disaster How the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history

Gerald M Stern

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Digital
Pages
320
Parution
janvier 2011
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Ebook EPUB
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DRM
Langue
Anglais
EAN
9780307783844
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One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25 foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history. 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1,000 were injured, and over 4,000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance offices, a few hundred of the survivors banded together to sue. This is the story of their triumph over incredible odds and corporate irresponsibility, as told by Gerald M. Stern, who as a young lawyer and took on the case and won.


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