Highlander congratulates Maria Gunnoe, an organizer with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, on winning the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize – the “Nobel Prize” for environmental activism.

A lifelong resident of the Appalachian coalfields, Maria is a tireless opponent of mountaintop removal and an advocate for coalfield communities. Her activism and commitment are an inspiration to all who care about Appalachia and the environment. We join many others in applauding this recognition of her work.

For information about Maria and OVEC, visit http://www.ohvec.org.