As a single mom of a special-needs boy, Angela is happy for any work she can get, even if it means returning to the West Virginia hometown she left in disgrace. But when her new boss turns up dead, Angela discovers that her own secrets aren't the only ones her mountain hometown has kept buried.
Oak Flat tells the story of a race-against-time struggle for a swath of American land, which pits one of the poorest communities in the United States against the federal government and two of the world's largest mining conglomerates. The book follows the fortunes of two families with profound connections to the contested site: the Nosies, an Apache family whose teenage daughter is an activist and leader in the Oak Flat fight, and the Gorhams, a mining...
When the puppy they are dog-sitting falls down a hole in the park, Squishy and her "bonus" sisters, the twins Vee and Jesse, discover a tunnel that leads down to the Yarra River in Melbourne, and a secret: the Zoom Mining company is dumping something (toxic waste?) under the public park--and the three girls resolve to expose the company.
Sadie owns a riverboat named The Yukon Queen that is used by goldminers up and down the river to reach their claims. Some unscrupulous members of a rival company try to take over the riverboat so they can jump the claims. The miners rally together to try to save the Yukon Queen and prevent the takeover.
Frontline travels to the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, home to the last great wild Sockeye salmon fishery in the world, to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on the fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing to extract enormous amounts of mineral deposits, estimated to be worth some $300 billion, and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.