Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company- And Won

By: Gerald Stern

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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 1000 were injured, and over 4000 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 took on the case and won.

"A straightforward, suspenseful, and completely absorbing tale that will leave you cheering at the end." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Jerry Stern's classic work provides readers with tremendous insight into the causes of the disaster. . . . It is powerful, troubling, and uplifting." -From the foreword by President Bill Clinton

"A shocking, timely book." -The New York Times Book Review "A fascinating tale of how investigative lawyers work, intermingled with sympathetic portraits of the survivors of the disaster." -Chicago Tribune "Fascinating reading. . . . An inside look at a history-making case." -The Boston Globe

Title: Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company- And Won

Author Name: Gerald Stern

Categories: West Virginia History, Politics, Environmentalism, Coal,

Publisher: Paperback, 282 pages:

ISBN Number: 0307388492

ISBN Number 13: 9780307388490

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