"It was obviously the dirtiest coal-fired plant in the West."
The Black Mesa and Kayenta mines became the largest coal strip-mining complex in the world.
"Water has the power to take life and to give life. If you don't respect it, you might find yourself in a serious situation."
When the mines closed, a poisonous silence settled over Butte.
The Granite Mountain mine fire killed 168 miners, sparking a strike.
"Every night I prayed that I’d get killed instead of gettin' crippled."
“We have no choice, because water is life.”
“Let not the water our shame reflect.”
“The city is flooded with filthy water, while clean-water taps run dry.”
“It is important to use agricultural techniques that save water.”