In the Shadow of Coal – A Strip Mine is Forever

The Charter Ranch enjoys some of the best conditions of any ranch in eastern Montana. Their summer range north of Billings stays clear of snow most of the winter. Just a few miles up the slope of the Bull Mountains is a summer grassland with cooler weather and abundant water aquifers. The Bull Mountains also contain massive coal deposits, threatening the viability of the ranch.

Third-generation rancher Steve Charter has been fighting since the 1970’s to keep the coal operations from destroying his family ranch. Since those early days, he has watched the coal industry erode the safeguards he’s fought so hard to establish. Now, as the threat of a strip mine on his summer range looms, he is scrambling to keep the ranch alive.

Coal – A Strip Mine is Forever from Life’s Fast on Vimeo.

This film premiered at the 2017 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

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