Im from Kentucky and Maria Gunnoe did not stage the photo - she wasnt there when the photo was taken 3-4 years ago. The photo was taken in Grapevine, Pike County KY (Maria lives in WV) by an independent photographer Katie Falkenberg. The Urias family has to use this well water because they are way out in the mountains and dont have city water.
We in Kentucky are trying to get the point across to our legislators that the polluted runoff from mountaintop removal coal mining is impacting people's health. We have lots of photos of orange water in people's sinks and toilets but those photos dont convey how people are getting sick and dying from the poison in the water. It was a good photo and I encouraged people going to Washington to show it to Congress.
As far as Maria, she lives below a gigantic mountaintop removal mine - the barren earth on the mine site has no trees, so it doesnt hold back the rainwater. We live in an eastern rainforest. Marias home has been flooded repeatedly and a big chunk of her land has washed away. She has spoken out against mountaintop removal and because she wont back down, she has been subjected to repeated threats and harassment by coal company employees. She has borne all this pretty well but the charge of child pornography by your Congressman is really shameful. He needs to apologize to Maria.
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